The North Carolina Board of Education gave the go ahead Thursday to twelve charter schools to open in the fall of 2016. In an unusual move, board members also turned down two schools.
They had concerns with Town Center Charter High planned for Gaston County and Charlotte Classical. Both schools just squeaked by with close votes from the charter advisory board that’s in charge of vetting schools.
The state board of education also sent two other schools back to the charter advisory board for further consideration.
“I’m just nervous about the idea that we delegate to an advisory board and they come back with such a strong vote and we ignore it, because we’re not spending the hours that you guys spend on it,” said state board of education Vice Chairman Buddy Collins.
Two more schools managed by Newpoint Education Partners will also get another review from the charter advisory board. Allegations of grade tampering have arisen involving two of its schools in Florida.