Tag Archives: Charter schools

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

Duke researchers: NC charters outperform district schools

“The Growing Segmentation of the Charter School Sector in North Carolina” is a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) paper written by Helen Ladd, Charles Clotfelter, and John Holbein of Duke University.  They conclude, …we document that the charter schools as a group initially started out behind the traditional public schools in terms ofContinue Reading

DHHS getting into the charter school oversight business

The Office of Charter Schools is located in the NC Department of Public Instruction.  Nevertheless, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is looking for a Charter School Health Consultant. As staff in the School Health Unit, this consultant’s responsibilities include charter school health program development, implementation, monitoring and assistance with quality assurance. Continue Reading

SBE requires charter board members to reside in NC

I strongly disagree with the decision by the NC State Board of Education (SBE) to approve a policy that “requires nonprofit board members that hold the charter from the State Board of Education to have a primary residence in North Carolina.” If the children are thriving at the school, we should not care where theirContinue Reading

It is charter school lottery season

Charter schools throughout North Carolina are conducting their annual admissions lotteries. Charters are required by law to choose students by lottery whenever the number of applications exceeds the number of seats.  It is a pretty common situation because charter schools are subject to statutory restrictions on enrollment growth.  Parental choice be damned! Uwharrie Charter AcademyContinue Reading