GREENSBORO, N.C. — A common criticism of charter schools is that they locate in wealthier communities, drawing students who have fewer obstacles to academic success.
“Frankly, the critics have been right, at least where Guilford County is concerned,” said Jeff Phillips, who represents District 5 for the Board of Commissioners. “At least until now.”
Gateway Charter Academy, with Phillips on the board of directors, has preliminary approval to open in southeast Greensboro in fall 2016. The school will target economically disadvantaged students.
Earlier this month, the state Charter Advisory Board unanimously agreed to ask the state Board of Education to allow the school to prepare to open, according to draft meeting minutes. The state Board of Education is expected to approve that recommendation.
Read more: Greensboro News & Record