About 3,000 Charlotte-area students will get new charter-school options in 2013-14 if the state Board of Education approves an advisory boards recommendations.
The N.C. Charter School Advisory Board this week approved applications for 25 new schools, seven of them in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, according to Eddie Goodall of Monroe, executive director of the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association.
If the Board of Education agrees, those schools would offer seats for about 3,000 students next year, growing to more than 8,000 as they add grades and expand.
In 2011-12, almost 8,300 Mecklenburg students attended charters, which are public schools run by independent nonprofit boards. For the nine-county region that includes Mecklenburg, the total was just over 13,200.
Five of the new schools that won preliminary approval are pitched as better educational options for disadvantaged urban students in Charlotte. The other two would be large schools in Cabarrus and Iredell counties.
Read more about the plans at obsyourschools.blogspot.com.