Category Archives: School choice

Growing demand for charter schools

Jason Russell documents for the Washington Examiner the growth in parental interest in public charter schools. Enrollment in public charter schools grew by 250,000 students in the 2015-16 school year, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Nationwide, almost 3 million students attend charter schools, nearly three timesContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Democratic legislator’s comparison of traditional district schools to “death traps” for some minority students. The Daily Journal highlights one of the the communications world’s largest problems: news reports and P.R. pieces that miss or downplay the most important part of the story.

It’s charter school application season!

The headline says it all: Woods Charter School receives a record 1,807 applications for admission. Sadly, few of those who applied will receive an admissions offer, given capacity restraints and restrictions on charter enrollment growth.  The school will conduct their admissions lottery on February 1.   HT: GG

Growth of school choice options in North Carolina

The number of N.C. students educated in charter, private, and homeschools could top 300,000 in the not-too-distant future, according to the head of a leading school choice advocacy group. Darrell Allison of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina points to that number as one sign that support for school choice continues to grow acrossContinue Reading

JLF helps mark National School Choice Week

More than 280,000 N.C. students choose charter, private, or homeschool alternatives to traditional district public schools. The John Locke Foundation is helping to draw attention to that number and others connected with school choice during this National School Choice Week. You can learn more here and by attending today’s Shaftesbury Society meeting at noon inContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on families that benefit from North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers a progress report on school reform in North Carolina.

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Next week marks National School Choice Week, and the John Locke Foundation will mark the occasion with a noontime speech Monday from the head of one of the state’s main school choice advocacy groups. In the meantime, Lindalyn Kakadelis discusses recent advances in North Carolina’s school choice options during the next edition of Carolina JournalContinue Reading

Education budget fight in Haywood County

Haywood County Schools may cut their budget and close an elementary school, mostly due to a shortfall in local funding. As Rep. Michele Presnell pointed out, the Haywood County Schools have increased their per pupil expenditures over the last three years.  In fact, their per student spending is higher in 2015 than it was beforeContinue Reading