Chatham County is in the running for two new charter schools that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction will consider for possible opening in 2019.
Cardinal Charter Academy West Campus in Chatham would serve students in grades K-6 and 9. The proposed Liberty Leadership Academy would serve students in grades K-8.
In Person County, a group has applied to establish Piedmont Career Academy, to serve grades 6-10. Alamance County parents have applied for a Mebane STEAM Academy, which would serve students in grades K-9.
The department received 29 applications for charters as of Sept. 22, the deadline for applications, a departmental release stated. The Office of Charter Schools will review the applications for completeness before forwarding them to the N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board, which will review the applications and recommend schools to the State Board of Education for approval.
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Charter schools are public schools operated by nonprofit boards. The schools have open enrollment, and no tuition is charged to attend. Tax dollars are the primary funding source for charter schools.
North Carolina has 173 charter schools now open. An additional 15 schools received favorable reports in August from the State Board of Education to begin planning in preparation for August 2018 openings.