Tag Archives: Charter schools

It’s charter school application season!

The headline says it all: Woods Charter School receives a record 1,807 applications for admission. Sadly, few of those who applied will receive an admissions offer, given capacity restraints and restrictions on charter enrollment growth.  The school will conduct their admissions lottery on February 1.   HT: GG

Education budget fight in Haywood County

Haywood County Schools may cut their budget and close an elementary school, mostly due to a shortfall in local funding. As Rep. Michele Presnell pointed out, the Haywood County Schools have increased their per pupil expenditures over the last three years.  In fact, their per student spending is higher in 2015 than it was beforeContinue Reading

Dan Forest right again

At the NC State Board of Education meeting yesterday, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest pointed out that the NC Department of Public Instruction’s annual charter school report “did not have a lot of positive things to say.”  He predicted that the report would become “the fuel the media uses for the next year to criticize whateverContinue Reading

Choice Media highlights Benton’s remarks

Courtesy of incomparable Bob Bowden, founder of Choice Media:

School board chair admits school choice improves quality

I pledge to use the following quote every time I talk about school choice and competition and encourage you to do the same: “In the past, public schools could assign students to wherever they wanted to because parents couldn’t make a choice to leave the public schools,” [Wake County school board Chairman Tom] Benton said.Continue Reading

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.