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Waiting for Wake County's new graduation rate and new charter schools

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There are a couple of items at today’s State Board of Education meeting that could impact the Wake County school system and families in this area.

The 2013 high school graduation figures will be released at the meeting. In addition to seeing whether the state has continued to increase its graduation rate, another thing to see is whether Wake is still above the state average. The gap between the two has shrunk sharply since 2006.

Another question is how many charter schools in Wake County could still be in line to open in the 2014-15 school year.

Originally, nine applications had been submitted for Wake.

The now-disbanded Public Charter School Advisory Council recommended 26 out of 70 applicants, including four from Wake. They are Cardinal Charter School, Dynamic Community Charter, Envision Science Academy and Wake Forest Charter Academy.

Click here, here and here for how the advisory council made its recommendations.

Based on the discussions at Wednesday’s State Board meeting, some of the 44 rejected applicants might still have a shot.

Some board members said they intend to ask today for the full board to also consider Catawba Valley Charter Academy in Gaston County and Lake Norman Preparatory Academy in Mecklenburg County. Whether any others get added remains to be seen.

Of the 26 recommended by the advisory council, you’ve also got nine in Mecklenburg County and Providence Charter High School in Rockingham County. Providence is interesting because the person who filed the application is Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., the son of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

Click here to view all 70 applications.

The State Board is only scheduled today to discuss the 2014-15 applicants, which could include adding more to the list for further review. The vote on preliminary approval isn’t scheduled until September.

UPDATE

The State Board of Education voted today to add for consideration the six applicants that were interviewed but not recommended by the Public Charter School Advisory Council. This includes Wisdom Academy, proposed for the Southeast Raleigh area.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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