CHARLOTTE — A state council is recommending that North Carolina officials deny the application for a Charlotte charter school to open in August because a big part of its application was copied from another school's application.
The state charter school advisory council has recommended that the state board of education deny the application for Cameron Creek Charter School, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Charter schools are public schools that operate without many of the rules of the regular public school system. North Carolina lawmakers in 2011 lifted the limit of 100 charter schools in the state and officials are reviewing applications for many new charters.
Cameron Creek got tentative approval last April. But last week the charter school advisory council recommended that the board of education deny final approval because much of the application is the same as that of another Charlotte charter that was rejected last year.
The name of Charlotte Learning Academy appears eight times in the Cameron Creek application.
Cameron Creek's Sylvia Cole says much of the material comes from public documents.
Advisory council Chairman John Betterton said the two applications were written by the same consultant and both were rejected.
The board of education will vote on the application next month.
Cameron Creek leaders say the rules for charter applications are unclear.
Eddie Goodall with the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association agrees. He said it makes no sense for applications to start from scratch when writing bylaws or student handbooks.
Cole said the Cameron Creek application was written by several board members, including three who have since left.
State education officials say there could be more than 150 applications for charters by the March 1 deadline.