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NC Education Board Opens Door to Charlotte Charter School Takeover

With test scores low, enrollment declining and money tight, Charlotte’s Community Charter School got a chance at survival Thursday when the North Carolina Board of Education opened the door to takeover by another charter school.

It would be a first if it works, a prospect that some Board of Education members said holds out hope for other struggling charter schools. If it fails, Community Charter will have to close at the end of this school year.

The school, located in Charlotte’s historically black and currently gentrifying Cherry neighborhood, was one of North Carolina’s first charter schools when it opened in 1997. But it has fallen on hard times in recent years, and when its charter came up for renewal the state’s Charter School Advisory Board recommended against continuing to pump in public money.