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July 2, 2014

NC charter school needs to raise $100,000 by July 30 to open

Dynamic Community Charter School, a new charter school in Raleigh serving students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, needs to raise $100,000 by July 30 to be able to open this school year.

One of Wake County’s newest charter schools is in danger of not opening this year unless it can raise $100,000 in the next four weeks.

As noted in today’s North Raleigh News article by Sarah Barr, Dynamic Community Charter School in Raleigh needs to raise $160,000 to help balance its budget. That includes a campaign launched Monday to raise $100,000 by July 30 or else potentially not being allowed by the state to open in August.

The school has been relying on events such as bake sales to raise the additional funds. But that’s not an option any longer for Dynamic, which would be unique among charter schools in serving a population with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

“The reality is that most DCCS families are burdened with the additional costs of raising children with intellectual and developmental and intellectual disabilities, so our DCCS families cannot raise these funds alone,” the school said on its website.

After the fiasco of StudentFirst Academy in Charlotte folding in April during its first year, the state has become more vigilant about making sure new charter schools are ready. The state implemented the “ready to open” checklist this year for new charters because of StudentFirst.

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