Category Archives: School choice

Senate approved bill would provide $11 million for charter schools

The Senate approved a bill that would restore about $11 million a year in local funding to charter schools across the state. The provision was included in a bill, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, that makes modifications to North Carolina’s charter school laws. A proposal known as the Hackney/Nesbitt amendment allowed some local moneyContinue Reading

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Today is Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.  If you receive a strange call or email from me today, this is why:

The end game is fewer charters and less choice

Yesterday, I wrote about a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study written by researchers at Duke University.  In “The Growing Segmentation of the Charter School Sector in North Carolina” by Helen Ladd, Charles Clotfelter, and John Holbein, the authors speculate that “white flight” is responsible for raising student achievement in the state’s charterContinue Reading

Duke researchers: NC charters outperform district schools

“The Growing Segmentation of the Charter School Sector in North Carolina” is a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) paper written by Helen Ladd, Charles Clotfelter, and John Holbein of Duke University.  They conclude, …we document that the charter schools as a group initially started out behind the traditional public schools in terms ofContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on reaction to new tax proposals from leading N.C. senators. John Hood’s Daily Journal asks why some serious people hold such silly views about school vouchers.

DHHS getting into the charter school oversight business

The Office of Charter Schools is located in the NC Department of Public Instruction.  Nevertheless, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is looking for a Charter School Health Consultant. As staff in the School Health Unit, this consultant’s responsibilities include charter school health program development, implementation, monitoring and assistance with quality assurance. Continue Reading

SBE requires charter board members to reside in NC

I strongly disagree with the decision by the NC State Board of Education (SBE) to approve a policy that “requires nonprofit board members that hold the charter from the State Board of Education to have a primary residence in North Carolina.” If the children are thriving at the school, we should not care where theirContinue Reading

It is charter school lottery season

Charter schools throughout North Carolina are conducting their annual admissions lotteries. Charters are required by law to choose students by lottery whenever the number of applications exceeds the number of seats.  It is a pretty common situation because charter schools are subject to statutory restrictions on enrollment growth.  Parental choice be damned! Uwharrie Charter AcademyContinue Reading