At the August meeting of the State Board of Education, 8 charter school applications were voted on and approved. However, 16 charter schools were approved by the Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB).
CSAB members were angered and the group issued a resolution, requesting the State Board of Education consider each application approved by CSAB in the future.
Kari Travis at Carolina Journal has reported on this turn of events, capturing the frustration of CSAB’s vice chairman, Steven Walker:
“There was a lot of effort and a lot of time that was put into [the review process], and I think that was kind of frustrating to see,” Walker said, stating that all members of the advisory board are charter school experts with strong resumes. “We spent … about 30 hours in a room talking about these things and interviewing people.”
CSAB members sifted through more than 6,600 pages of applications, and traveled across the state to meet with applicants, Walker added. There was “all the time we spent reviewing the applications beforehand,” he said, noting that the state board spent much less time studying the charter proposals.
The process for the applicants is lengthy and costly — $1,000 for each application.
The Carolina Journal article details the schools which were approved by CSAB, yet not voted on by the State Board of Education:
The charter schools rejected by the state board were approved by the advisory board by significant margins: Addie C. Morris Children’s School, by an 8-3 vote; Bonnie Cone Classical Academy, 6-3; Emereau: Halifax, 6-4; Kaleidoscope Charter High School, 7-3; and Ridgeview Charter School, 7-2.
An attempt to reach both State Board of Education and David Machado, Director of the DPI’s Office of Charter Schools, for comment went unanswered.