Charter schools

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    This WRAL cartoon is revolting

    This WRAL cartoon…                     …is based on this segregation-era image:      …
    Terry Stoops, May 9, 2018
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    May 16 Walkout Wednesday event is anti-charter school

    The N.C. Justice Center recently published “LOVE NC? FUND EDUCATION: A Resource Page for May 16th and Beyond,” and the contents of the page leave no doubt that Walkout Wednesday is an anti-charter school event. Recognize the importance of PUBLIC in North Carolina’s public school system. Charter schools create…
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2018
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    Charter school deserts in North Carolina

    According to The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a charter school desert is “three or more contiguous census tracts that have poverty rates greater than 20 percent but that have no charter schools.”  And a new Fordham Institute report says that North Carolina has 14 of them. Nine charter deserts…
    Terry Stoops, April 26, 2018
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    Charter school market shares by school district

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently published a map of charter school enrollment relative to district schools. Charter enrollment (as a percentage of district school population) is higher in Halifax, Northampton, Person, Vance, and Weldon City schools than in Durham County, which gets all the press.
    Terry Stoops, April 24, 2018
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    Charlotte Observer: No evidence that charter failure rate cited by CMS is accurate

    Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer lays it out, At a meeting to discuss whether Matthews town officials should pursue their own charter schools Tuesday, facilitator Cyndee Patterson opened with a startling statistic: 50 percent of charter schools fail. She didn’t cite a source, and no one questioned…
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2018
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    N.C. charter school law earns a “C” in CER ranking

    The Center for Education Reform (CER) released the annual National Charter School Law Rankings & Scorecard. North Carolina received a “C” in the 2018 edition of the ranking.  That grade is somewhat misleading, considering that the North Carolina charter law ranks 13th out of 44 states and D.C. this…
    Terry Stoops, March 27, 2018
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    Do Republicans and Democrats really agree on education issues?

    The latest High Point University Poll concludes that “NC Republicans and Democrats agree on education issues.”  That’s news to me. After an examination of the poll, I suspect the supposed agreement is a consequence of the pollsters’ decision to focus on benefits and not costs.  For example, Q: The…
    Terry Stoops, March 9, 2018
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    Districts fuel desire for educational options

    If you listen to the mainstream media or public school advocacy groups, you might believe that sinister, for-profit meanies are driving the demand for school choice by depicting district schools as defective or immoral institutions. But districts do a fine job of alienating families without any help from school choice…
    Terry Stoops, February 8, 2018