Forest wants revamp to too-negative charter school report

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A report describing North Carolina’s charter schools as having students who are more white and affluent than traditional public schools is being sidetracked after Lt. Gov. Dan Forest complained it’s too negative.

Forest said Thursday the State Board of Education’s annual report to lawmakers on charter schools lacked sufficient balance and should be rewritten despite a legal deadline next week.

Forest said a red flag for him was the report citing a study last year by Duke University researchers. They wrote that charter schools are increasingly serving relatively able white students in racially imbalanced schools rather than the academically needy.

Chairman Bill Cobey says he expects lawmakers will accept a delay until a revised report is produced.

Charters educate nearly 78,000 students at 158 schools.

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