Charter school supporters could be hoping that President Barack Obama’s support of the nontraditional education idea will boost their cause.
Today, a group of charter school supporters pushed for reducing the cap on charter schools in North Carolina.
“North Carolina charter schools are in high demand,” Rep. Jim Gulley, R-Mecklenburg, said in prepared remarks. He showed as an example Raleigh Charter High School getting 705 applications for 79 open slots. Franklin Academy Charter School in Wake Forest had about 1,500 applications for 101 slots, he said.
Current state law limits North Carolina to 100 charter schools. Supporters would like to see that cap either lifted or at leased raised.
Charter schools are public schools that operate on a nontraditional basis. They get the same amount of per-pupil operating funds that traditional public schools get. They’re often run by private boards of directors and are free from some of the regulations that govern public schools. They get no state money for capital expenditures from state or local government and must pay for their buildings from operating funds.