Updated 06/30/2012 11:19 AM
Judge rules against virtual charter school
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RALEIGH -- There will not be a virtual charter school in North Carolina next year.
That's the ruling this afternoon from a Wake County Superior Court judge.
This was a case that school systems all across the state were watching very closely. The issue: A group wanting to open an online school as a charter school in North Carolina.
It would have accepted students from anywhere in the state and would have received more than $18 million in federal, state and local funding for next school year.
An administrative law judge had given the virtual school the green light to open in the fall, saying the State Board of Education failed to approve or deny their application by the deadline.
However, today, a superior court judge reversed that earlier ruling, saying by law, the State Board of Education is the only one who can approve a charter school.
The school boards association, representing school systems from across the state, said they were pleased with today's ruling.
However, we talked with one parent who said this decision limits their child's options for a non-traditional school.
"I would really like to see this go through. It's a great option for parents to make the decision for what's best for their child and that's kind of overruled that saying you have a, b, and c options and there's nothing else for you to do," said Lauren Bumgardener, Wake County parent.
The State Board of Education had said it would not even consider online charter schools this year.
It's unclear whether they will allow a virtual school in the future.