The State Board of Education has set in motion plans for 26 additional charter schools to open in North Carolina, likely bringing the total operating in the state next fall to about 150.
The panel agreed Thursday to give preliminary charters to the schools' organizers based on the recommendations of an advisory board that reviews applications. Six others were denied charters.
The school-choice advocacy group Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina says Thursday's recipients include three that will open the first charters in Harnett, Halifax and Bertie counties.
The board also changed rules to help teachers qualify for higher pay for advanced degrees before a phase-out begins next year. It delayed by a month approving score levels for standardized tests that will mean fewer students are deemed proficient.
Below is a list of public charter schools approved today:
A.C.E. Academy (Cabarrus County) Anderson Creek Club Charter School (Harnett County*) Bradford Preparatory School (Cabarrus County) Cardinal Charter Academy (Wake County) Carolina STEM Academy (Mecklenburg County) Charlotte Charter High School (Mecklenburg County) Charlotte Learning Academy (Mecklenburg County) Concrete Roses STEM Academy (Mecklenburg County) Dynamic Community Charter School (Wake County) Entrepreneur High School (Mecklenburg County) Envision Science Academy (Wake County) Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy (Bertie County*) Invest Collegiate-Buncombe (Buncombe County) KIPP Halifax College Preparatory (Halifax County*) Pioneer Springs Community School (Mecklenburg County) Providence Charter High School (Rockingham County**) Reaching All Minds Academy (Durham County) South Brunswick Charter School (Brunswick County**) The Capital Encore Academy (Cumberland County) The Franklin School of Innovation (Buncombe County) Thunderbird Preparatory Academy (Mecklenburg County) United Community School (Mecklenburg County) Wake Forest Academy (Wake County) Wayne Preparatory Academy (Wayne County**) West Charlotte High School (Mecklenburg County) Wilson Preparatory Academy (Wilson County**)
*County did not previously have a public charter school. **County will now have 2 public charter schools.