The NC Department of Public Instruction reports that 161 groups have submitted letters of intent to apply for a charter from the state. Of course, the state’s Office of Charter Schools will not receive 161 applications by the March 1 deadline. Some of the groups may choose to apply for a charter next year. Others will not make the deadline. Even so, this is a testament to the popularity of (and demand for) charter public schools in North Carolina.
Currently, North Carolina has 107 charter schools and 25 more in the mandatory planning phase. All charters must be approved by the NC State Board of Education.