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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A proposed charter school in Durham is being opposed by local public school leaders.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Durham public school administrators want the state Board of
Education to reject the proposed Research Triangle High School because they say it will take money from traditional public schools and increase racial segregation.

The state school board discusses applications Wednesday by nine charter schools seeking approval to open in August. The state school board plans to vote in March.

Durham schools Superintendent Eric Becoats says the county already has eight charter schools serving more than 3,000 students. The charter schools educate 9 percent of Durham’s public school students, the highest in the state.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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