Charlotte charter school closes 4 weeks into year

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A charter school in Charlotte is closing just four weeks into the school year, saying too few students enrolled in class.

Multiple media outlets reported that Concrete Roses STEM Academy told parents Thursday that the school would close Friday.

WBTV reported the school budgeted for 300 students but only about 115 enrolled.

Joel Medley with the state Office of Charter Schools said the agency already had put the school on financial disciplinary status, freezing its access to cash.

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials were to be at the school Friday to help enroll students.

StudentFirst Academy in Charlotte closed in April after financial and academic troubles.

North Carolina lifted the limit on the number of charter schools in the state in 2011 and dozens of new schools opened last year.

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