Tag Archives: Charter schools

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

Charter schools: An ideal model of school management

“Does Management Matter in Schools” is the title of a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study of the “operations, targets and human resources management practices in over 1,800 schools educating 15-year-olds in eight countries.” Researchers from Stanford, Harvard, and the London School of Economics created a management index for each school by assessingContinue Reading

Study: NC charters have positive effects on district schools

In “Direct and indirect impact of charter schools’ entry on traditional public schools: New evidence from North Carolina” (Economic Letters, September 2014), Professor Yusuke Jinnai examines North Carolina data from 1997 to 2005 to assess the impact of charter schools on their district school counterparts.  Jinnai concludes, This paper finds small but positive direct impactContinue Reading

Preliminary analysis: Charters win again

This morning state officials released test scores for the 2013-14 school year .  As I do every year, I have calculated proficiency rates for charter and district schools. Please note that the figures below are the median achievement level percentage by school for all subjects.  They do not account for differences in student population orContinue Reading

Gov. Pat McCrory pushes for charter school open records

Good news came from Gov. Pat McCrory’s office on Monday when he struck a blow for open government. He asked the General Assembly not to pass a bill that would exempt the names of charter school employees from public records, and threatened to veto such a bill if it reached his desk: “We need transparencyContinue Reading

Parents: Charter school rocks

The following is a letter published by the Asheville Citizen-Times on February 26, 2014: When searching public schools in Asheville we were fortunate to find Francine Delany New School for Children, a public charter school. With an emphasis on community and social justice, students are immersed in experientially rich, hands-on programs of study that encourageContinue Reading

DPI wants to treat charters and districts equitably (sometimes)

Earlier this week, June Atkinson and those she appointed to the Read to Achieve Advisory Group offered a number of recommendations to improve the controversial reading program. Buried in their recommendations was this gem: “Treat charter schools and non-charter public schools equitably. Currently, charter schools are not held to the same standards under this law.”Continue Reading

Charter schools are public schools

It is amusing to read op-eds (like this one) written by representatives from Public Schools First NC.  They go to such great pains to distance themselves from charter schools, despite the fact that charter schools are public schools. My recommendation is that they change the name of the group to District Schools First NC orContinue Reading