There could potentially be as many as 20 new charter schools opening in Wake County in fall 2015.
The 20 Wake applicants were among the 170 letters of intent received by the state Department of Public Instruction by Friday's deadline for opening in the 2015-16 school year. The intent letters aren't the same as an application, but they give state officials an indication of what interest level exists.
For instance, the state received 156 letters of intent for the 2014-15 school year with 70 ultimately applying. Of that group, 26 got preliminary approval last week.