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NC school board sidesteps virtual charter schools

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's school board is delaying rules that would make it much more difficult to open a taxpayer-funded charter school offering online-only classes.

The State Board of Education on Wednesday postponed a decision until next month on standards for virtual charter schools.

The General Assembly last year lifted a statewide limit on the number of charter schools, but didn't address online versions of the public schools allowed to operate with fewer regulations. Lawmakers influential on education issues protested that the school board threatened to impose caps legislators didn't intend.

A for-profit company tried to set up a virtual charter school, but a judge blocked a nonprofit that was completely funded by K12 Inc. The judge said the online school for about 1,800 students would have cost about $18 million.

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