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N.C. charter school limit should remain at 100 for now

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A nonpartisan group says North Carolina's 100-school cap on charter schools should remain in place, at least until student performance improves and the schools are more racially integrated.

The NC Center for Public Policy Research also says financial troubles at some schools remain worrisome and that their innovative curricula has failed to carry over to traditional schools.

House and Senate bills this year to eliminate the cap have gone nowhere. The House budget would permit the Department of Public Instruction to study whether the schools have met goals set by initial legislation approved in 1996.

The report likely will build confidence among education groups skeptical of charter schools. Those schools are run by private boards and administrators, and don't have to follow all the regulations imposed on traditional public schools.

They receive roughly $200 million in public money annually and don't charge tuition.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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