A proposed Wake County charter school should find out next month whether it's gotten preliminary approval from the State Board of Education to open in the 2013-14 school year.
The Longleaf School of the Arts, a high school to be located in Raleigh with a fine arts emphasis, is one of 25 applicants that the Public Charter School Advisory Council is recommending for approval. The state board will vote on the applications next month.
Longleaf almost didn't make the cut. The Advisory Council voted 7-6 to recommend the school. According to the advisory council's minutes,some members had questions about changes that Longleaf had made to its original application.
The Wisdom Academy, a school targeting the Southeast Raleigh area, was not among the applicants recommended by the council. Wisdom didn't even get an interview with the council.
The Wake County school system did not submit an impact statement on either Longleaf or Wisdom. In contrast, the school boards in Durham, Guilford and Charlotte-Mecklenburg had submitted statements objecting to new charters proposed in their counties.
If the state Board approves all 25 applications, it would represent a major expansion of the charter school program since the 100-school cap was lifted by the General Assembly.