Tag Archives: Charter schools

Achievement in New Orleans on the rise

Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was a typical urban school district.  After the storm, the newly-formed New Orleans Recovery School District converted all district schools to charters.  Has it made a difference?    Douglas Harris, a professor of economics at Tulane University, argues that it has.






Voices for Choices

Americans for Prosperity NC has a fantastic new website, Voices for Choices.  As part of their statewide launch, AFP-NC released a short film about the impact of school choice expansion in North Carolina.






AEI: Charter applications have become onerous

From “The paperwork pile-up: Measuring the burden of charter school applications” by Michael Q. McShane, Jenn Hatfield, and Elizabeth English of the American Enterprise Institute:






Magnet and charter schools: Another double standard

Today, Keung Hui of the News and Observer focuses on Wake County’s high-poverty magnet schools, some of which are having difficulties attracting applicants.  It is a pretty interesting read. I cannot help but compare the plight of Wake County’s magnet schools to another public school option, charter schools.  While magnets and charters are different –Continue Reading






Top high schools in NC

U.S. News and World Report released their annual list of top high schools. The following are the top 20 high schools in North Carolina: Raleigh Charter High School (Charter school) The Early College At Guilford (Guilford County Schools) Woods Charter (Charter school) Weaver Academy (Guilford County Schools) Thomas Jefferson Class Academy (Charter school) East ChapelContinue Reading






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






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