Charter school trend slows as NC increases scrutiny for 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina school officials are slowing the pace of the expanding number of public charter schools cropping up around the state.

The state Board of Education approved just eight out of the 28 groups seeking to open one of the taxpayer-funded, non-traditional schools beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

The state school board on Thursday considered 13 school plans that were cleared by an advisory board. The board broke with past practice by denying five applications for having too many holes.

State school board members are being more particular after a handful of charter schools opened and quickly failed due to academic or financial problems.

North Carolina will have 167 charter schools receiving children later this month, up from 100 since the state lifted its limit in 2011.

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