Charter Advocates Worried State Won't Reach Goal

Advocates for charter schools say North Carolina's restrictive laws to create and manage them could prevent the state from winning up to $470 million in federal education grants this spring.

Darrell Allison with Parents for Educational Freedom said Tuesday he's worried the state will fail to win "Race to the Top" funds because the state still limits the number of charter schools to no more than 100.

States had until Tuesday to file their applications. Gov. Beverly Perdue sent in North Carolina's proposal over the weekend.

Charter schools receive public funds but are run by private boards and have fewer regulations to follow. Charter schools will figure into how a state is scored for its application.

Perdue's office said she's confident the state will compete well.

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