Jun 30, 2012
N.C. Virtual Academy needs state approval
A Wake County judge ruled Friday that a controversial charter school that planned to offer only online classes cannot open in August. The decision could delay the launch of any similar programs for at least a couple of years.
The Cabarrus County school board, which approved the proposal 5-2 in February, “is not experienced in, nor equipped as the State Board of Education, with the staff and know-how to review, evaluate, and approve the application of a charter school designed to serve a statewide clientele, nor is it authorized to give final approval for such operation,” (Superior Court Judge) Jones said in his order.
Under the state’s current educational funding formula, local school districts must give thousands of dollars to charters educating children who otherwise would have been enrolled in public schools. Because an online charter school might have appeal to parents who want to educate their children at home, the proposal also could have meant that the local districts would have had to start paying for home-schooled children.
“As a state, we have responsibility for all our children,” Harrison (chairman of the state school board) said.
Cabarrus County was the only school district that supported the idea. Eighty-nine of North Carolina’s 115 public school districts joined under the umbrella of the N.C. School Boards Association to bolster the state Board of Education’s legal challenge of the online charter.
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