Wake Education Partnership Releases Charter School Report as State Prepares to Release Next Round of Applicants

New Report Highlights Need to Bring Charter and Traditional Schools Together

Raleigh, NC, November 23, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Wake Education Partnership has announced the release of a special edition of its In Context news summary that reviews the contributions and potential of Wake County’s charter schools. The special edition of In Context is being distributed as the state prepares to release the next round of charter applicants Friday, Dec. 6. There are currently 15 charter schools in Wake County. Four new charter schools are scheduled to open in Wake in 2014, and 20 more have shown initial interest in opening the following year.

North Carolina’s first charter schools opened in 1997, including three in Wake County. Today, the 15 charter schools in Wake County serve approximately 7,300 students. In comparison, about 153,000 students are enrolled in the county’s traditional public schools. Wake’s charter schools are at a crossroads, the report says. Charter schools are now well established in the community, but state policy makers have done little to encourage the open exchange of ideas between charters and traditional schools as called for in the original legislation. Wake County is unlikely to see the full benefit of either form of public schooling without that cooperation, the report says.

To read the full report, visit: http://www.wakeedpartnership.org/news/WakeCharters.html.

“Wake County has been and will continue to be an education leader in North Carolina,” said Steve Parrott, Wake Education Partnership President. “Wake Education Partnership is committed to helping the county reach that goal, in this case by providing a balanced perspective on the way in which charter schools and traditional schools can work together to benefit all public school students.”

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