Charter schools

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    JLF’s Terry Stoops Warns Against Complacency In Charter School Movement

    Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation vice president for research, explains his fears about complacency within the N.C. public charter school movement. Stoops offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. Watch Terry and then read his full analysis of the potential consequences…
    Donna Martinez, December 14, 2017
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    Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education meets today

    Governor Cooper’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education meets today. The mission of the group is to “assess the State of North Carolina’s ability to staff schools with competent, well-trained teachers and principals and the State’s commitment of resources to public education.”  Let’s face it.  The mission of…
    Terry Stoops, November 30, 2017
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    N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools Executive Director responds to criticism of charters

    Rhonda Dillingham, the executive director of the N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools, has a message for critics of charter schools. “Parents across this state have spoken. They are tired of the status quo. They support school choice,” Dillingham said. “Public charter schools are here to stay.” Dillingham is responding…
    Lindsay Marchello, November 8, 2017
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    Will Mecklenburg’s schools of choice benefit from CMS board election?

    Residents of Mecklenburg County had an opportunity to set a new course for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), which is seeing flat enrollment growth due, in part, to the availability of home, private, and charter schools.  Yet, as Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer notes, there’s “not likely to…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2017
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    Let parents sort out quality in the education marketplace

    Liz Bell of EdNC had a good overview of the News & Observer/WTVD charter school panel last night.  Bell wrote, Five panelists argued over the place charter schools should occupy in the state’s educational system Monday night. To Helen Ladd, the Susan B. King professor emerita of public policy…
    Terry Stoops, October 31, 2017
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    N&O publishes abysmal op-ed on N.C. Innovative School District

    Someone at the News & Observer thought it was a good idea to publish a second-rate op-ed attacking the N.C. Innovative School District.  The piece was written by UNC-Chapel Hill education professor Brian Gibbs.  Here are some of the highlights: 1. Gibbs assumes…
    Terry Stoops, October 20, 2017
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    Unfair portrayal of TeamCFA and John Bryan

    In a series of articles published this week, News & Observer reporters Lynn Bonner, Jane Stancill, And David Raynor are occasionally evenhanded in their treatment of North Carolina charter schools.  The exception is an article that, I believe, was a ridiculously slanted portrayal of TeamCFA and its founder John…
    Terry Stoops, October 12, 2017
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    Revisiting unsubstantiated claims about charter schools

    The latest News & Observer article on charter schools revisits the most unsubstantiated claim about charter schools – that failure to provide transportation and subsidized meals discourages low-income families from applying to or attending North Carolina charter schools.  Cue former Wake County school board member Tom Benton. Tom Benton,…
    Terry Stoops, October 11, 2017