Under the Dome

Consideration of two charters may be delayed

The State Board of Education may place two charters recommended by its advisory board into a holding pattern while state administrators check into problems the schools’ management company is facing in Florida.

Newpoint Education Partners, which would help manage the proposed Pine Springs Preparatory Academy in Holly Springs and Cape Fear Preparatory Academy in New Hanover, is facing trouble in the Sunshine State.

A former teacher at Newpoint (Pensacola) High School is facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly helping students with tests, and law enforcement officials said more arrests may be coming. The charges come after investigations of grade tampering, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

Newpoint fired teachers at three Florida schools this week, according to the News Journal. The local school board had decided earlier this year to terminate the charters for two of those schools.

N.C. Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, a Concord Republican, said in a recent interview that he is working with Newpoint as a consultant.