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Leland's Charter Day School - 235 applied, only 89 will get in

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LELAND, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - Charter Day School has more applications than seats for each class of students again this year. There are 235 student applications to enter the charter school with only 89 spots available, 146 families will be left disappointed.

In compliance with public charter school admission guidelines, the school admits applicants by public lottery. The lottery drawing will be held on campus Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10 a.m. Due to high demand resulting from a state-imposed cap on the growth of charter schools, more than 200 parents are expected to attend. Charter Day School, along with local officials, will conduct a fair and unbiased lottery by pulling numbers out of an opaque container.

The event comes as state lawmakers are proposing lifting the current cap on charter schools. In light of North Carolina’s ranking – 32nd of 40 states – by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the event also will highlight the need for greater public awareness and more competitive, innovative charter laws.

“We would love to enroll all families that apply,” states Mark Cramer, Superintendent of Charter Day School. “But the fact remains that the law has limited the growth of charter schools, and until that law is changed we have to follow the guidelines for lottery submissions.”

“Charter schools don’t pick and choose who they want to be in their schools,” said Headmaster Jennifer Beamer. “Our mission is to serve all children equally.”

According to public school law: Statutes 115C-238.29F:

Any child who is qualified under the laws of this state for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to charter schools. Charter schools shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability and shall not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry.

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