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Charter Accelerator now accepting applications

A first-of-its-kind program preparing education leaders to launch and maintain high-quality public charter schools in rural North Carolina counties is now accepting applications for its second cohort.

The North Carolina Public Charter School Accelerator was launched by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) last year to equip education leaders with tools to design effective educational programs and strengthen community partnerships in order to start and sustain high-quality public charter schools in rural communities. With low student performance and a limited number of public charters in these areas, the N.C. Accelerator aims to increase the number of high-quality educational options available to local families while also serving as an economic development tool within these communities.

“What we saw last year was strong interest and commitment from rural education leaders to open ‘no excuses’ quality public charters to ensure these students have an equal opportunity for educational success,” said Darrell Allison, PEFNC president. “Through their commitment, along with access to professional development and educational experts, we have participants from our first cohort currently making their way through the state public charter application process. We are looking for additional educational leaders interested in making a difference for children in our state’s underserved, rural communities.”

Entry into this selective program, limited to ten participants, will be based on the applicant’s school leadership potential, desire to open a public charter in high-need communities, commitment to serve students from low-wealth areas and sound educational design for their proposed school. Those selected will receive extensive training in school development, preparation for the state public charter application process, access to and instruction from top national and local public charter leaders on best practices and personalized support from writing coaches, as well as peer and alumni support.

Applications are due by Friday, June 21. More information on the N.C. Accelerator, including an application, can be found here.