North Carolina's charter schools will get a boost thanks to $36 million in new federal funding.
The money comes in the form of two grants awarded to the state by the U.S. Department of Education. The grants are intended to help improve enrollment in the state's charter schools, especially among low-income students.
Charter schools across the North Carolina are applying for funds from the grant, though Joseph Maimone, a member of the N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board, worries that schools will have a tough time using the entire grant.
State officials, however, have expressed confidence that the entire sum will be spent, though they are taking steps to make it easier for schools to apply for a portion of the funding.
Enrollment in charter schools has grown rapidly since the state removed a cap on the number of charter schools allowed to operate in North Carolina in 2011. There are currently 198 charter schools in North Carolina, with more than 100,000 students enrolled.