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Charlotte charter school won't open this year

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte-area charter school scheduled to open this year says it doesn't have enough students to begin classes.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/Ucedef ) Carolina STEM Academy is one of 11 Charlotte area charter schools scheduled to open next month.

The school notified parents this week it will not be opening as scheduled.

The high school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math had hoped to open with 200 ninth- and 10th-graders.

School officials say they received 170 applicants but only 66 confirmed their enrollment.

Charter schools are alternatives to public schools that are run by independent boards rather than the local school district. North Carolina has removed restrictions on the number of charter schools allowed and there has been a competition for students and school locations in the Charlotte area.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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