School choice

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    District lose 2,000 students, charters add 7,000 in 2019

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the average daily membership (ADM) figures for the second month of the 2019-20 school year.  Compared to the second month of the 2018-19 school year, districts enrolled 1,972 fewer students this year.  On the other hand, charter schools added 7,244 students. Wake County…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2019
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    Threat of closure leads to big turnaround for charter school

    WTVD reports the good news, Kestrel Heights Charter High School in Durham has gone from near closure to bright future. The school’s charter was set to expire in 2020, but now Kestrel Heights is one of only five charter schools in the state to be recommended for a 10-year renewal…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2019
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    Buncombe County residents want more charter schools

    The people have spoken!  (Thanks to Andrea Dillon for bringing this to my attention.)…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2019
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    Unanimous Appeals Court rules state can’t sue former Kinston charter school over false enrollment claim

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has agreed that the state cannot sue a former Kinston charter school over false enrollment claims. The state still can pursue its suit against the school’s former CEO. At issue was the estimate that the former Kinston Charter Academy…
    Mitch Kokai, December 3, 2019
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    PISA results show little progress for U.S. schools

    The OECD administers the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests to 15-year-old students from around the world, and results from the 2018 tests were released today.  The United States is stuck in a rut. Students in the United States performed above the OECD average in reading (505…
    Terry Stoops, December 3, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Mecklenburg County voters recently rejected a sales-tax increase for “arts and parks.” Joseph Coletti places that vote in context of N.C. counties’ overall record on recent sales-tax votes for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts discusses his work with a group called RIP Medical…
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2019
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    Dan Forest releases his education plan

    Gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest unveiled his education plan today.  There are four themes to the plan. Parents Pick Expand the Opportunity Scholarship program to every N.C. family. Level the playing field for high-quality charter schools Four in the Door A principal with full authority to hire and fire An…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2019
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    D.C. erects barriers for thriving charter schools

    Donald Hense writes for the Washington Examiner about the response in Washington, D.C., to successful charter schools. In the near quarter-century since District of Columbia parents were first allowed to choose public charter schools for their children, demand has grown to the extent that nearly half of all…
    Mitch Kokai, November 7, 2019