North Carolina's statewide school board wants to strip three taxpayer-funded charter schools of their ability to operate separately from traditional public schools.
The State Board of Education wants to revoke the charter of Cape Lookout Marine Science High School in Morehead City because of financial problems.
Wednesday's vote is the first step in the process to revoke the charter.
The state board also voted to start the revocation process for Bridges Charter School in Wilkes County and Highland Charter School in Gastonia. They would be the first to lose their state-granted charters purely for failing to educate students. Fewer than 60 percent of the students attending the schools were proficient in required subjects and children failed to meet learning targets.
There was no comment today from Cape Lookout, or whether the charter has filed an appeal yet.
Nearly four dozen charter schools have had been disbanded since the mid-1990s, when they started operating free of rules governing most public schools.