Tag Archives: Charter schools

Charter school opponents on the attack

N.C. Policy Watch reporter Billy Ball recently published a lengthy piece attacking former Charlotte mayor, charter school founder, and attorney Richard Vinroot for his one-page overview of charter school data and a few extemporaneous remarks about them.  According to the critics quoted in the story, one of Mr. Vinroot’s most egregious sins was comparing statewideContinue Reading

N.C. charter law receives a C+ in annual ranking

The Center for Education Reform (CER) released their annual charter school law report card today.  North Carolina is tied with Texas and Utah for the 12th best charter school law in the nation and is only one point shy of receiving a B. We would improve our grade if we allowed multiple authorizers to operateContinue Reading

School choice key to urban renewal

Today, EdChoice published “Renewing our Cities: A Case Study on School Choice’s Role in Urban Renewal” by Bartley R. Danielsen, David M. Harrison, Jing Zhao.  According to the authors, Urban economic development resources are often focused on bringing jobs and affordable housing to downtown areas. In contrast, there has been very little consideration given toContinue Reading

Charter school membership by region

According to data just released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, charter schools are rockin’ in most areas of the state.  Time to get to work in those clusters of counties in white. Click here:

NCAPCS hires Democrat executive director

In a surprising move, the board of the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools (NCAPCS) hired Rhonda Dillingham to be the organization’s executive director. According to the press release, Dillingham “co-founded Uwharrie Charter School and brings a decade of teaching and leadership experience from both public charter schools and district schools.” If you askContinue Reading

School Choice Leaders Respond to the NAACP

Here is a great video courtesy of my friends at Choice Media.

State test scores higher, charters continue to impress

On Thursday, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released proficiency rates, graduation rates, school performance grades, and other outcome measures for the 2015-16 school year. Most proficiency rates were higher than in years past.  In elementary and middle school math, 54.7 percent of students scored at or above grade level, a 2.5 percentage point increaseContinue Reading

11 new charter schools to open

Last week, the N.C. State Board of Education gave final approval to 11 charter schools including, *  Central Wake Charter High School (Wake County); *  FernLeaf Community Charter School (Henderson County); *  Gate City Charter Academy (Guilford County); *  Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (New Hanover County); *  Ignite Innovation Academy (Pitt County); *  IredellContinue Reading