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NC charter schools narrowed achievement gap

In a May 2016 doctoral dissertation titled, “A Complexity Context to North Carolina Charter School Classroom Interactions and Climate: Achievement Gap Impacts,” Liz Johnson conducted an analysis of the “relationship between classroom climate, interactions, and student achievement, through a complexity systems context.” Using some pretty high-level quantitative and qualitative methods, Johnson concluded, According to theContinue Reading






In time for National Charter Schools Week: NC charters outperform districts

National Charter Schools Week is this week!  (Unlike Teacher Appreciation Week, National Charter Schools Week is a seven-day event.) To celebrate National Charter Schools Week, the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools published a comparison of charter and district performance on 2014-15 state tests.  Data, verified by NC Department of Public Instruction officials, compare overall proficiencyContinue Reading






Charter School Graduates Earn More as Adults

An article to be published in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management found that students who graduated from a charter high school are more likely to persist in college and experience higher earnings in the mid-20s than their district school counterparts. In “Charter High Schools’ Effects on Long-Term Attainment and Earnings,” study authors Tim Sass,Continue Reading






District enrollment stagnates as charters grow

From Highlights of the NC Public School Budget 2016






District and charter collaboration in IN and CA

Two recent articles highlight school district leaders who collaborate with charter schools to raise student achievement. Education Week: Indianapolis Superintendent Enlists Charters as Allies to Improve City’s Schools New York Times: Oakland District at Heart of Drive to Transform Urban Schools In the end, the key to district and charter collaboration is a focus onContinue Reading






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