Wake County could be in line for a massive expansion in the number of charter schools.
In a blog post Tuesday, Terry Stoops, director of education studies for the the conservative John Locke Foundation, writes that 14 groups have filed letters of intent with the state Department of Public Instruction to open charter schools in Wake County for the 2014-15 school year.
The Wake contingent is among a group of 161 applicants who filed letters of intent. Stoops writes that 33 applicants are from Mecklenburg County.
"One wonders if this is a reflection of citizens’ satisfaction/dissatisfaction with the public school district in their county," Stoops writes. "It is impossible to know for sure."
Stoops also writes that his analysis of the 161 applicants shows that 11 are from Durham County, including a proposed a statewide virtual charter school, North Carolina Connections Academy. He writes that another statewide virtual charter school, the North Carolina Virtual Academy, is also on the list.
There are 14 charter schools currently open in Wake with another that received preliminary approval for the 2013-14 school year. Another 14 schools in 2014-15, assuming they continue with the process, could prove to be a real challenge for the Wake County school system.
A big expansion is far more possible now that there is no longer a statewide cap on the number of charter schools.
The state says there were 154 letters, not the 161 reported by Stoops. Click here to download a spreadsheet with all the applicants.