Tag Archives: Charter schools

Who profits from public schools?

Linda Welborn, a member of the Guilford County Board of Education, has figured it out…or so she thinks. The new charter school movement, backed by big money, has infiltrated North Carolina. Our children are the ones who will lose as profit-mongers consume more tax dollars. North Carolinians – whether promoters of choice, traditional public schoolsContinue Reading

A plea for Dynamic Community Charter School

Jennifer Holt of Raleigh has a child at Dynamic Community Charter School and penned a must-read op-ed on the possible closure of the school. Via email from my son’s school, I found out that the Charter School Advisory Board has recommended that the state revoke the charter for the only public school in North CarolinaContinue Reading

Where the charter kids are

Below is a fascinating map published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.  While it is encouraging to see so many families choosing charter schools in the Piedmont, there is entirely too much “white” and “yellow” throughout the Coastal Plains.  

School performance grades: Districts vs. charters

School Performance Grades were released today.  Most charter schools fared pretty well, compared to district schools. The following was taken from an executive summary titled “2013–14 School Performance Grades (A–F) for North Carolina Public Schools:”

Durham schools are failing and KIPP can help

In August, KIPP Durham, a charter school for low-income children, will open.  And members of the Durham County Board of Education are not happy about it.  From an article in The Herald Sun, “There’s very mixed research on your methodology, on your programs and on your attrition and it makes me concerned for the communityContinue Reading

QC Supermom laments closure of Charlotte charter school

This is a must read blog post by Kelly Pressley, also known as QC Supermom, whose child attended the now-shuttered Entrepreneur Charter High School in Charlotte. What a sad day in the Queen City. Just as families everywhere celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s  holiday, my family is scratching our heads figuring out what to do withContinue Reading

District schools want to be like charter schools

For me, the most interesting part of the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association strategic plan is this: Provide additional flexibility to school districts to allocate state resources to meet statewide accountability measures and student performance goals. All flexibility granted to charter schools should also apply to school districts. (p. 10) Districts do not need toContinue Reading

DPI: Two-thirds of NC charter schools perform at or above districts

This week, the State Board of Education will review the Annual Charter School Report, approve it, and submit it to the N.C. General Assembly. N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) staff write, Eighty-four schools were at or above the district level accounting for 67.2%. This is an 8.4% increase from the preceding year. Fewer schoolsContinue Reading