Tag Archives: Charter schools

Best schools in NC

SchoolGrades.org is a new website that uses a fair and uniform grading standard to evaluate nearly every public school in the nation. Gold schools, the highest rating in the SchoolGrades.org system, have an adjusted overall proficiency percentage of 75 percent or above. SchoolGrades notes that fewer than 700 schools nationwide earn a Gold rating.  NorthContinue Reading

Budget rummage: Study of charter school closure funds

Currently, charter schools are required to obtain a $50,000 surety bond (or have a documentation of a comparable escrow account, letter of credit, or deed of trust) that would cover expenses “related to closure proceedings in the event of a voluntary or involuntary dissolution of the charter school.”  Carolina Journal covered the issue here. TheContinue Reading

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