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NC School Board Closes Charter School, Weighs 2nd

     RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's school board is closing one taxpayer-funded charter school and considering the future of a second.
     The State Board of Education decided Thursday to revoke the operating charter that allowed the STEAM Academy of Winston-Salem to operate.
     The Winston-Salem school has seen its enrollment plunge by more than 70 percent over the last seven years while the school's debts skyrocketed.  Its operators are voluntarily giving up.
     State school officials are recommending that the operating charter for the Children's Village Academy in Kinston be revoked because of poor financial management. A decision has been delayed until next month.
     About four dozen charter schools have been disbanded since the mid-1990s, when they started operating free of many of the rules governing most public schools.



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