Wake Ed

January 13, 2014

NC rejects two Wake County charter-school applications

Two of the eight Wake County charter schools that want to open in 2015 have been deemed as having incomplete applications, meaning they won’t get permission to open nest year.

Hopefully you weren’t hoping to send your children to Kaleidoscope Art and Technology High School or the James Madison Academy next year.

Both proposed Wake County schools were rejected Monday as having incomplete charter school applications. It means they won’t be considered with the charter applicants who are still in line to open in the 2015-16 school year.

The State Office of Charter Schools had recommended that 13 of the 71 applicants who wanted to open in 2015 be deemed as having incomplete applications. The Charter School Advisory Board ultimately decided to deem four of those applications as being complete, but Kaldeioscope and James Madison didn’t make the cut.

Deanna Townsend-Smith, a consultant in the Office of Charter Schools, said Kaleidscope’s application was missing items such as an employment policy. She said their applications included statements such as how how the informationn is not done in electronic form yet.

Kaleidoscope’s leaders had hoped to open as a Montessori-themed charter school in Morrisville next year.

Towsend-Smtth said that James Madison’s application was missing information on the middle school curriculum and the contingency plan if a facility falls through. This is the second year in a row the school’s application was deemed incomplete.

A subcommittee of the Charter School Advisory Board accepted the staff’s recommendation on both schools. The full board accepted the recommendation as well.

Now the full board will consider 62 applications, including six from Wake County.

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