In the latest controversy over virtual schooling, the North Carolina Board of Education left the fate of a proposed online charter school hanging Feb. 7 when it agreed to allow three other charter schools to open in the fall instead.

Rather than deny the contested proposal for New Connections Academy outright, board members skirted the issue by approving the three other charter applications first, bringing the state to the 100-charter limit set by the General Assembly.

The board's move left New Connections' application available for consideration in case one of


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