State board pulls the plug on Kennedy and Crossroads charter schools

The North Carolina Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to stop public funding for Kennedy and Crossroads charter schools in Charlotte, after an advisory panel said pulling the plug was important to set high standards for the independent public schools.

The vote means both schools, which have been open for more than a decade, must close at the end of this school year unless another charter operator takes over or they get a legal reprieve.

Kennedy’s leaders said Thursday they will file an immediate appeal. They contend the school, which moved to the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in August, met the conditions for renewal laid out by the state three years ago.

The attorney for Crossroads Charter High School said the board there is preparing a response.


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