Charter school applications up

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GREENSBORO, NC -- More groups in North Carolina applied to create charter schools in 2012 than ever before.

Nearly 160 groups sent a letter of intent. 70 finished the paper work to create a school.

The Department of Public Instruction's charter school board will now approve or reject the applicants. The decisions will come in June.

Those approved would be eligible to open in August of 2014.

Charter schools get public funding on a per-student basis. They are run by an independent board of directors that may implement any curriculum it chooses, provided it meets the state's core standards, and is approved by the state charter school board.

Any public school student may apply to attend any charter school, but admission is based on a lottery, is at the mercy of space and is not guaranteed.

Money that goes to charter schools would otherwise go to regular public schools.