Education officials to discuss charter school openings
Updated: Updated 04/24/2012 05:48 PM
By: Amanda Weber
RALEIGH -- Jennifer Friend is one of those applicants looking for another option in her area.
She is a mother of four from Carolina Beach who along with several community members, business owners, educators and town council members want a Montessori school.
With the nearest charter school 30 minutes away in Wilmington, and the elementary school currently 150 students over capacity, she said it is time for a change.
"So with the limited options, with an overcrowded elementary school, the fact that the state just lifted the cap on charter schools, we felt like this was a great time to move forward and hopefully bring this to our community,” said Friend.
Yvette Munroe is another parent hoping to bring a new school to Durham. She said there are too many students at risk of failing in their district.
"And no one wants any child to be left behind, it is no longer just a cliche, but absolutely we embrace that fully, says charter school applicant, Yvette Munroe.
She said their idea is not to compete with the traditional school setting, but to work hand and hand.
"It's not school as usual, it's a comprehensive, educational service that would go beyond the school house door, that would go outside of the school and into the children's homes to address whatever barrier there may be,” said Munroe.
The subcommittees are to continue their review through Wednesday. Applicants can know if the state will grant them a charter as soon as next fall.
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