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Charter School Support

Republican legislators are renewing their efforts to expand the number of charter schools in North Carolina.

Charter schools are public schools run with taxpayer money. But they're run by private boards, and administrators don't have to follow all the regulations imposed on traditional public schools.

Legislative Republican leaders plan to say Wednesday that eliminating the statewide 100-school limit is needed this year. GOP lawmakers said public demand for charter schools has far exceeded the cap set when they were created in 1996.

A state panel agreed in 2007 that the number of charters should be increased by up to six each year, or more if students at existing charter schools perform well on standardized tests.


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