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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s school board could increase the number of charter schools in the state by a third within the next year if it accepts a screening committee’s recommendations.

The State Board of Education is considering whether to allow the opening of another 25 charter schools in addition to eight new charters cleared to accept new students beginning next month.

The state school board discusses the rapid expansion of charter schools on Thursday and could make a decision next month.

Charters are public schools allowed to operate with fewer regulations. Until state law was changed last year, there was a statewide limit of 100 for more than a decade.

Administrators in Mecklenburg, Durham and Guilford counties are complaining that multiplying charter schools are draining away funding from their urban school districts.

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