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Cabarrus BOE Partners With Proposed Online Charter School

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The Cabarrus County school board voted last night to give initial approval to a group that wants to set up the state's first online charter school. The school's next stop is the state board of education. The Cabarrus County school board voted five-to-two to partner with the North Carolina Virtual Academy. That means it's granting the school the first round of approval needed before moving on to the state board of education. It also means if the school is approved, the district would get up to $550,000 in consulting fees. School board member Grace Mynatt voted to approve the online charter. She says she did so because the school fulfilled the minimum requirements for its application to move forward. "While I still have some reservations about virtual schools and what they can do and what they can't do, I understood that that wasn't a reason for me to disapprove it," says Mynatt. She says it's up to the state board to thoroughly vet the school before giving the final go ahead. The virtual academy would be run by the for-profit company K12, Inc. The school would be based in Cabarrus County, but it would accept students from the entire state.