State education officials announced Monday that they’ve received applications for 40 new charter schools in 2016 – but that number could still rise.
Those applicants met Friday’s deadline for the normal application process to open schools in the 2016-17 school year. The applicants include 10 in Mecklenburg County, seven in Wake County and one in Durham County.
Go to bit.ly/1nABKUe to view the applications. The Charter School Advisory Board will recommend to the State Board of Education which ones to approve.
But there will also be a separate process for applicants who have experience operating successful schools and want to copy them. This process was mandated by the General Assembly, where several legislators expressed frustration that more charter schools weren’t being approved.
Charter schools are taxpayer-funded schools that are free of some of the regulations that traditional public schools must follow. The number of schools has expanded since the legislature eliminated the 100-school cap in 2011.
There are 148 charter schools currently open after Concrete Roses STEM Academy, a new charter school in Charlotte, closed this month, less than four weeks into the school year
Three new charter schools that were supposed to open last month got a one-year delay. An additional 11 schools got preliminary approval this month to open in 2015.