School choice

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    Could Complacency Put North Carolina’s Charter School Movement at Risk?

    North Carolina’s school choice movement has enjoyed big successes over the past few years, writes JLF’s Terry Stoops. The problem is, North Carolina’s success can also lead to complacency. Ideas that have circulated through the years include state-imposed mandates that would require charter schools to provide transportation and participate…
    Donna Martinez, November 17, 2017
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    Private Islamic schools are not terrorist training grounds

    At the 2013 N.C. School Boards Association’s Public Policy Conference, then-Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson remarked, With the voucher legislation that we have we could be in dangerous territory as far as taxpayers’ dollars going to private schools. There is nothing in the legislation that would prevent someone…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2017
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    N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools Executive Director responds to criticism of charters

    Rhonda Dillingham, the executive director of the N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools, has a message for critics of charter schools. “Parents across this state have spoken. They are tired of the status quo. They support school choice,” Dillingham said. “Public charter schools are here to stay.” Dillingham is responding…
    Lindsay Marchello, November 8, 2017
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    Will Mecklenburg’s schools of choice benefit from CMS board election?

    Residents of Mecklenburg County had an opportunity to set a new course for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), which is seeing flat enrollment growth due, in part, to the availability of home, private, and charter schools.  Yet, as Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer notes, there’s “not likely to…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on virtual charter school operators’ efforts to extend their operations in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how the U.S. House’s proposed tax reforms would help boost North Carolinians’ incomes.
    Mitch Kokai, November 8, 2017
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    District school enrollment continues decline

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student membership figures for the first month of school.  It is interesting to note year-to-year changes in average daily membership (ADM), even if the figure will change by the end of the year.  The ADM figures for the last three school years…
    Terry Stoops, November 6, 2017
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    Let parents sort out quality in the education marketplace

    Liz Bell of EdNC had a good overview of the News & Observer/WTVD charter school panel last night.  Bell wrote, Five panelists argued over the place charter schools should occupy in the state’s educational system Monday night. To Helen Ladd, the Susan B. King professor emerita of public policy…
    Terry Stoops, October 31, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a debate this week that focused attention on N.C. public charter school accountability. John Hood’s Daily Journal uses the same debate to argue for a spectrum of accountability for various education options.
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2017