- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s statewide school board approved 12 new charter schools to open in 2016, but rejected two other bids for taxpayer-funded schools and delayed decisions on four more.

The state Board of Education’s action Thursday adds to the nearly 150 non-traditional public schools. Nearly a dozen more are set to open in August.

The charter schools new in 2016 would include the first for a single gender, the Leadership for Young Women in Wilmington.

Town Center Charter School in Gaston County and Charlotte Classical School were rejected over concern over a for-profit education management company or potential budget holes.

The school board wants further study of two schools that would be managed by Newpoint Education Partners after news reports of grade tampering at one of the company’s Florida schools.

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