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Appeals court rebuffs company on virtual charter school

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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Court of Appeals is rejecting arguments by a for-profit company and a nonprofit group seeking taxpayer money to operate a school that offers online-only classes to public school students.

A three-judge panel on Tuesday unanimously rejected a bid by a North Carolina nonprofit created by Virginia-based K12 Inc. to create a charter school for students whose parents opt out of existing public school classrooms. The nonprofit called North Carolina Learns sought a charter giving it special permission to operate outside many normal school rules.

The appeals court said the State Board of Education has sole authority to grant approval to operate a virtual charter school.

K12 is the nation's largest online educator and has managed online schools in more than two dozen states with mixed academic success.

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12/3/2013 10:03:00 AM (GMT -5:00)

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