- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Most of the new charter schools approved in North Carolina are not ready to open.

Nineteen of the 25 charter schools approved for opening this year still have to show state officials that they have enough students, classrooms and plans to open in August, The Charlotte Observer (https://bit.ly/UFqn05) reported.

A state advisory panel is getting a report on the schools opening in 2014 on Monday. The schools had to file reports by the end of May on whether they were ready.

By the end of May, new schools were supposed to have 75 percent of their projected enrollment, 75 percent of their faculty identified for hiring and have a suitable facility that can be occupied at least two weeks before opening day. Detailed academic and financial plans also are required.

Six of the schools met all the requirements, while eight have made only slight progress toward opening.

North Carolina lifted a statewide limit of 100 charter schools in 2011.

The state’s Charter School Advisory Board received 71 applications for 2015-16, but the board has recommended approval for only 11.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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