A nonpartisan group says North Carolina's 100-school cap on charter schools should remain in place, at least until student performance improves and the schools are more racially integrated.
The N-C Center for Public Policy Research also says financial troubles at some schools remain worrisome and that their innovative curricula has failed to carry over to traditional schools.
The report likely will build confidence among education groups skeptical of charter schools. Those schools are run by private boards and administrators, and don't have to follow all the regulations imposed on traditional public schools. They receive roughly 200 million dollars in public money annually and don't charge tuition.