School choice

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has good reasons to celebrate as National School Choice Week approaches. Terry Stoops recaps recent school choice gains during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jay Schweikert of the libertarian Cato Institute explains why his group is endorsing North Carolina’s efforts to reform state…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that a legal setback isn’t stopping a legal challenge against North Carolina’s certificate-of-need restrictions. The Daily Journal explains how a recent N.C. Court of Appeals ruling helps boost the case for parental school choice.
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2020
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    Districts 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