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  • Summary date: Apr 2 2015 - View Summary

    Appropriates $1 million for 2015-16 and $1 million for 2016-17 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction for use by the Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina Inc. (PEFNC) to establish a grant program to support the development of up to four charter schools each fiscal year. Grant recipients must (1) meet the requirements for replication pursuant to State Board policy, TCS‑U‑016 or (2) be eligible for approval by the State Board for additional enrollment growth of greater than 20% upon a finding by the State Board that the charter school meets the requirements of GS 115C‑218.5(e)(1) through (5) and the charter school meets the requirements of GS 115C‑218.5(f)(4) for a grade‑level expansion. Allows grants of up to $250,000 for the initial planning period. Requires PEFNC, by October 31, 2016, and annually thereafter, to report on the progress of the program to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

    Amends Section 2.5 of SL 2014-101 to push back the expiration of GS 115C-238.29D(f)(4), which allows a charter school to, without State Board approval, expand to offer one grade higher or lower than the charter school currently offers if the charter school meets specified criteria, from September 1, 2015, to September 1, 2016.

    Effective July 1, 2015.