Tag Archives: Charter schools

Parents: Charter school rocks

The following is a letter published by the Asheville Citizen-Times on February 26, 2014: When searching public schools in Asheville we were fortunate to find Francine Delany New School for Children, a public charter school. With an emphasis on community and social justice, students are immersed in experientially rich, hands-on programs of study that encourageContinue Reading

DPI wants to treat charters and districts equitably (sometimes)

Earlier this week, June Atkinson and those she appointed to the Read to Achieve Advisory Group offered a number of recommendations to improve the controversial reading program. Buried in their recommendations was this gem: “Treat charter schools and non-charter public schools equitably. Currently, charter schools are not held to the same standards under this law.”Continue Reading

Charter schools are public schools

It is amusing to read op-eds (like this one) written by representatives from Public Schools First NC.  They go to such great pains to distance themselves from charter schools, despite the fact that charter schools are public schools. My recommendation is that they change the name of the group to District Schools First NC orContinue Reading

Charter schools are regional, not neighborhood, schools

Some are outraged that developer David Levinson wants to locate a charter school near his housing development in southern Harnett County.  According to an article published in the News & Observer, one of my friends on the Left said that locating a charter school near Levinson’s Anderson Creek Club development “is a little icky.” But theContinue Reading

Parents petition, fight to keep charter school open

To: Editors of the News & Observer, other charter school opponents From: Your pal, Terry Subject: Charter schools Hey, guys, want to read how parents feel about charter schools?  Read this change.org petition to renew the charter of PACE Academy in Chapel Hill, a charter school that serves special needs children.  Parents and members of theContinue Reading

N&O: Republicans ruined charter schools with their evil, racist ways

As I wrote in my newsletter yesterday, 2014 will be the year of three “-isms” -  sentimentalism, fanaticism, and Manichaeism.  News & Observer editors flash all three in their latest “charters are the devil” missive. Sentimentalism: “But along the way, discussions about charter schools evolved from educational to political.” The truth is that discussions aboutContinue Reading

Charter schools saved taxpayers $1,100 per student last year

During the 2012-13 school year, charter schools spent $500 per student less than districts.  According to NC Department of Public Instruction data, the average expenditure for district schools was $8,514.21 per student.  The average charter expenditure was $8,013.77 per student.  Neither per student expenditure figure includes capital expenditures. Districts spent an average of $594.92 perContinue Reading

Charter school performance, part 1

It’s that time of year again!  The mainstream media will ignore test results from charter schools so that they can bash them in editorials later in the school year. In Part 1, I will examine the composite reading and math scores for grade 3-8.  In Part 2, I will take a look at the performanceContinue Reading