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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Charter schools have developed a reputation of offering an academically well-rounded education to students for free. But many students get turned away because of a state cap put in place.

Today, Roger Bacon Academy’s Charter Day School in Leland held a lottery to determine who made the coveted list.

Eighty-nine out of 235 applicants were chosen, while others landed on a waiting list. Mother of three students Kelli Hendrix is left with mixed emotions.

“I’m excited that we’re going to sixth grade, and I’m very hopeful that we will get called for second grade, so that all of my children can be in one school,” she said.

Parents of sixth graders got some surprising news as there were just enough spots for all interested students.

“We are very lucky, and I guess patience paid off, and we’re glad he’s going to be going into Roger Bacon in the sixth grade,” parent Robery Migliosi said.

Not all emotions were positive.

“There was a parent sitting next to me, and unfortunately she didn’t get a chance to get in directly,” Migliosi said. “She got put on a waiting list, and I feel sad, because I feel like her child is going to be left behind a little.”

Kids are turned away from charter schools every year because of a cap put in place by the state Board of Education.

“Dissolving the cap has been one of the planks of the Republicans that have taken over the General Assembly this year, but in addition, we need to make charter schools free of domination by the state Board of Education,” Charter Day School trustee Baker Mitchell said.

School leaders are hopeful one day this random choosing will end.

“It’s just unfortunate that a parent and their child’s education is determined by purely chance and a lottery,” Mitchell said.

Several state lawmakers including New Hanover County’s Sen. Thom Goolsby are pushing for legislation that would lift the cap currently on the number of charter schools allowed and students admitted.

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  • Guest

    I just don’t understand why the NC lottery don’t really hely Education! Including charter schools and small private schools! My sister retired and now works in a privite school wher my grandson, who is altistic and many students that have learning problems, some of the teachers have agrred this tear to work for 1/2 pay to keep their jobs. Where does all the other money go/ In someones pocket? not in God’ pocket I am 100% sure!

  • Guest

    God wears mostly those mesh shorts without pockets. He also is a fan of those fleece sweatpants, but he hates how his change falls out of the pockets when he sits down. So yea, the money probably didn’t go in his pockets. Maybe on his nightstand, or in the change tray of his car.


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