Sixty-three applications were submitted to the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools on April 13, 2012, marking an historic year for North Carolina charter schools. Since the elimination of the cap on public charter schools in June of 2011, the Office of Charter Schools has received a total of 92 charter school applications, including the 27 applications which were received as part of the fast-track application process last fall.
The applications will now be considered by the North Carolina Public Charter School Advisory Council and State Board of Education over the next several months. Following the evaluation process, the State Board will make a decision to approve or deny a charter for each of the proposed schools. If approved, these schools will open in the 2013-2014 school year, which gives them one year of required planning time before opening.