The Longleaf School of the Arts in Raleigh received preliminary approval today from the State of Board of Education to open for the 2013-14 school year.
The vote was expected as the state board decided to vote on all 25 charter school applications as a block instead of individually. The board will vote in March on whether to give them final approval to open.
Longleaf could provide stiff competition for the Wake County school system, which didn't submit an impact statement on the charter. The combination of an arts-focused high school program and ties with the N.C. Governors School would likely appeal to many local families.
At the time of the application, Longleaf's organizers say they weren't yet ready to reveal the potential location for the school. The liberal N.C. Justice Center had argued that applicants that haven't secured buildings yet shouldn't get preliminary approval.