Peter was one of the four founders of "FREE", a non-profit organization
that created six charter schools with 1,200 students. These schools
are the Chapel Hill Free Academy, the Orange Charter School (Hillsborough),
the River Mill Academy (Saxapahaw), the Carter Community School
(Durham), the Woods Charter School (Chapel Hill) and the Clover
Garden School (Altamahaw). The charter for the Clover Garden School
was granted in March, 2001:
A new organization called the "FREE
Foundation" has been set up to promote education initiatives
proven through scientific research. One of these initiatives relates
to building small public schools with less than 300 students. The
first of these schools opened in Hillsborough on August 29, 2002
based on loan guarantees provided by the US Department of Agriculture.
In February 2002, Peter met with Rod Paige (Secretary, US Department
of Education) to request that programs based on the USDA model be
set up to serve urban areas.