K-12 education (page 360)

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    Charter school advocates celebrate end of state’s 100-school cap

    Charter school operators have gathered in the state capital for their first annual conference since state lawmakers lifted the cap of 100 charter schools statewide. In a morning news conference, Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake, and former Sen. Eddie Goodall of the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools discussed this year’s…
    Mitch Kokai, August 1, 2011
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    CMS PR campaign, phase two: Blame the process

    Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have initiated phase two of their public relations campaign. Phase one, what Meck Deck blogger Tara Servatius calls the “oh-so-broke shuffle,” is complete.  Phase two is in full swing.   CMS officials and their boosters now blame the “budget process”…
    Terry Stoops, July 28, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen McMahan’s latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on Democrats’ efforts to win control of the Wake County school board through this year’s officially nonpartisan elections. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores the history of Yankee immigrants to North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, July 28, 2011
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    Tara Servatius joins the Meck Deck

    Columnist. Radio star. Professional gadfly. Add Meck Deck blogger to Tara Servatius’ impressive resume. She’s sinking her teeth into Charlotte-Mecklenburg news today with an initial entry on the local school system’s “oh-so-broke shuffle.” Welcome, Tara!…
    Mitch Kokai, July 27, 2011
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    A victory for those who value local control

    State Administrative Law Judge Joe Webster ruled that Macon County Schools can start classes on August 4, as planned. As I described in a previous Locker Room post, the State Board of Education granted Macon County Schools a waiver to begin classes before August 25, the statutory school…
    Terry Stoops, July 26, 2011
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    Charter schools curb dropouts in Chicago

    This week, NPR has a five-part series dealing with high school dropouts and dropout prevention.  Part one profiles 19-year-old Patrick Lundvick, a former drug dealer who is now enrolled at a Youth Connection school.  The story describes YC as an organization that “runs 22 charter schools in Chicago…
    Terry Stoops, July 26, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb’s latest Carolina Journal Online report details Guilford County Schools’ surprising $10 million surplus. John Hood’s Daily Journal assesses the political implications of votes to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s vetoes.
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2011
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    Free lunches in public schools raise questions

    It’s hard to determine the level of fraud plaguing the federally funded program that provides free and reduced-price lunches to school kids. But existing evidence suggests a more-than-marginal percentage of families taking advantage of the program abuse the system. Carolina Journal Associate Editor David Bass has reported on…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2011