April 2023 CSAB Highlights

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Charter Schools Advisory Board Highlights


April 11, 2023


CSAB Basics

  • CSAB meetings are streamed live every month on the DPI Youtube page
  • Meeting agendas are posted to Eboard approximately a week prior to each meeting. 
  • The next regularly-scheduled CSAB meeting is May 8 at the DPI Building in Raleigh. 
  • CSAB member lists, previous minutes, and other information is housed on the OCS web page
  • CSAB action items are heard the following month at State Board of Education meetings. Those meeting agendas are also found on Eboard. 

Don't miss this information


Ready to Open Updates (RTO)

Dr. Natasha Norins, OCS Consultant, provided facility updates for eight schools slated for open for the upcoming 2023-24 academic year.There are currently six delay schools.

The CSAB will make preliminary RTO recommendations at the May monthly meeting in preparation for June SBE.



Dr. Carol Ann Hudgens, NCDPI Exceptional Children's Division, and Ms. Jenna Cook, OCS Consultant, reviewed three schools of concern under the Charter Schools USA management umbrella. The three schools:Langtree Charter Academy, Westlake Preparatory and Cabarrus Charter are all up for charter renewal. After listening to the compliance concerns raised by the EC Division, the CSAB voted to uphold the renewal term recommendations of 10, 7 and 3 years respectively.



Ms. Nicky Niewinski, OCS Consultant, presented three amendment requests. The CSAB unanimously approved a relocation request for Clover Garden (01C). The CSAB unanimously approved the enrollment decrease request for Movement School Northwest (62R). The CSAB unanimously approved the enrollment increase request for Aspire Trade High School (62N). The three amendments will move forward to SBE in May.


myFutureNC Updates

Ms. Cecilia Holden, President/CEO  and Ms. Gina Zhang, Research and Data Analysis Manager of myFutureNC provided the 2 Million by 2030 presentation which outlined attainment initiatives for two million North Carolinians aged 25-44 to hold an industry valued credential or post-secondary degree by 2030. The presentation outlined opportunities for growth, data and performance monitoring efforts. Additional discussion and feedback is encouraged for the charter school profiles that are currently in progress.


OCS Updates


Ms. Ashley Baquero provided the 2022 annual report presentation. Ms. Baquero also provided SBE updates,reviewed recent renewal stipulations, and provided various calendar updates.


For questions regarding meeting logistics and agenda, please contact Ashley.Baquero@dpi.nc.gov.


If your board or school has an innovative or exciting program you'd like to showcase, let us know! We are always happy to have schools present to the CSAB.