It's going to take at least another month for a decision on a new charter school that could have ramifications statewide.
The State Board of Education delayed action Thursday on a request from Summerfield Charter Academy in Guilford County to open with more students that it's allowed to have in its first year. This would let it collect state money from the extra students.
As noted in this Associated Press article, the state Board previously has taken the position that charter schools can't seek expansion without an operating track record.
The state Department of Public Instruction is recommending rejecting the request. But DPI says that if the request is approved, then the same opportunity should be provided to all other new charters.
The state Board pushed the issue to the August meeting, the same month Summerfield will open
Is this an attempt to try to set a new precedent for charters?
After all, the school would be run by National Heritage Academies, one of the country's largest charter-school management companies. They've got a long history in North Carolina so they know what the rules are for taking students at new charters.
If the request is approved, imagine what would happen with the new charters that are coming to Wake.