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Most new NC charter schools not ready to open

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Most of the new charter schools approved in North Carolina are not ready to open. The Charlotte Observer reported that 19 of the 25 charter schools approved for opening this year still have to show state officials that they have enough students, classrooms and plans in place to open in August. Full story...
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Senate committee ok's NC charter school changes

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Charter schools in North Carolina may soon be subject to the state's open records and meetings law. A Senate education committee approved new changes to charter schools Wednesday that would make school and employee personnel records subject to public records law like employees of traditional public schools. Full story...
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Charter Day School information response leaves many questions

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video More than six weeks after WWAY requested information regarding faculty and staff salaries, the non-profit behind a group of area charter schools has responded to public information requests from WWAY and other area media outlets, but the response still leaves questions about how money is spent. Full story...
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Roger Bacon Academy public records request delayed

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videoIt's been more than a month since we requested names, salaries, and positions of all faculty and staff of Roger Bacon Academy. If the educational management company does not turn over the information in a reasonable time frame, it could lose its charter. Full story...
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NC official warns charters to release salaries

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The director of charter schools in North Carolina is warning the schools they could be punished if they refuse to release public records requests for salary information. Full story...
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State Board of Ed delays Douglass Academy decision

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videoDouglass Academy does not have enough students according to state law, but that is not stopping them from teaching, at least for now. Today the NC Board of Eeducation met in Pembroke to discuss the next steps for the charter school. Full story...
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StarNews Editorial: Charter schools need to tell taxpayers what they're getting for their money

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State officials are interpreting the laws that created independent charter schools to exempt them from the same level of financial scrutiny as the traditional public schools – even though millions of taxpayer dollars are siphoned from the public schools to charter schools annually. Full story...
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Wilmington charter school gets more time to boost enrollment

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videoDouglass Academy's doors will remain open for now, despite not having enough students. The Office of Charter Schools voted to suggest to the State Board to waive this year's enrollment numbers. Full story...
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NC board ends operations for 2 charter schools

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North Carolina's statewide school board is forcing two charter schools to close after reviews found poor academic performance and financial problems at each. Full story...
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EDITORIAL: Savvy companies can use NC charter school laws to pocket millions

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Brunswick County Public Schools' Jessica Swencki published an editorial in this morning’s Raleigh’s News & Observer in which she explains what’s really driving a large and growing segment of the charter school movement: private, for-profit companies out to milk the public coffers. Full story...
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Appeals court rebuffs company on virtual charter school

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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. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 INVESTIGATION: Documents show founder of Roger Bacon Academy making millions

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A records request uncovers that Baker Mitchell, founder of Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) in Leland, is making millions of dollars running local charter schools. Full story...
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Charter school bill changes pass NC House

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A bill creating more rules to govern a growing number of public charter schools in North Carolina but omitting the creation of a powerful panel to oversee them has passed the House. Full story...
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NC charter oversight board pulled by House panel

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An effort to create a state panel separate from North Carolina's State Board of Education to oversee charter schools is apparently over in favor of beefing up a current advisory panel. Full story...
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NC group resisting GOP changes to public schools

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North Carolina groups that want to protect the funding for traditional public schools are trying to raise opposition to legislative proposals to expand private-school vouchers and charter schools. Full story...
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