charter revocation

Panel upholds State Board of Education’s ruling to close Charlotte charter school

BY: - May 9, 2023

Without discussion, the State Board of Education on Monday unanimously agreed to close Eastside Stream Academy in Charlotte due to financial and governance concerns. The state board’s vote came on the heels of a recommendation by an independent appeals panel that upheld the state board’s April 6 decision to not renew the school’s charter. Eastside […]

Audits show lucrative family venture at soon-to-be shuttered charter school

BY: - March 14, 2022

Managing Raleigh's Torchlight Academy was a lucrative family venture for Don McQueen. The school paid McQueen nearly $3 million in management fees between 2016 and 2020, financial audits submitted by the school show.  The Raleigh businessman ran the K-8 charter school with a reported 600 students (state officials could only confirm 489 during a recent on-site headcount) through his educational management organization (EMO), Torchlight Academy Schools, LLC.

State Board of Education unanimously revokes struggling Rowan County school’s charter

BY: - January 8, 2021

State education officials will help place students in other schools for 2021-22 academic year A tardy audit submission in late December couldn’t save Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School.  The State Board of Education on Thursday unanimously voted to revoke the Rowan County school’s charter because its leaders failed to submit required financial audits for 2019 and 2020 on time.

‘Incompetence is the star of the show’: Board recommends revoking charter for Essie Mae Kiser Foxx school

BY: - December 3, 2020

The charter, which opened in 2018, has serious financial, management and academic problems.

Shortly before Thanksgiving, the families that entrust their children to Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School school in East Spencer, a small town of about 1,500 in Rowan County, were urged to “enjoy" their holiday break on the school’s Facebook page.