School choice (page 122)

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    Atkinson: Test score drop reflects “continued education cuts…”

    According to the News & Observer, State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson argued, “I do believe that these [test score] drops reflect the continued education cuts we’ve had to make the past few years.” A few thoughts on the claim: 1. If Atkinson is going to make this argument, she…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
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    Graduation rates: Charters vs. traditional public schools

    Last year, charter schools had a graduation rate of 78.8 percent, which was slightly lower than the 80.9 percent rate posted by regular/traditional public schools. Keep in mind that over 104,000 traditional public school students were eligible for graduation, compared to around 1,400 charter school students.  Because of this difference,…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
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    Charters among best schools in the state

    According to a preliminary analysis of last year’s state test results, 23.5 percent of charter schools received the state’s top classification – Honor School of Excellence.  Only 7.9 percent of regular/traditional public schools received that honor.
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
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    Charter schools outscore traditional public schools… again

    I compared the average performance composites of all regular/traditional public schools and all charter schools.  (Note: All schools classified by the Department of Public Instruction as “alternative” were not included.)  The performance composite is the percentage of students performing at or above grade level (Level III) on all state tests…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
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    Commentary on the Save Our Schools (SOS) march

    On Saturday, a few thousand angry teachers took to the streets of Washington, DC to protest standardized testing and unkindness.  I will go into greater detail about the march in my weekly education newsletter (published on Tuesdays).  For now, I encourage readers to take a look at Jay Greene’s…
    Terry Stoops, August 1, 2011
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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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    Rahm Emanuel to send his children to private school

    Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he will send his son and two daughters to the University of Chicago Lab School, a prestigious private school in Chicago’s swanky Hyde Park neighborhood.  President Barack Obama’s daughters also attended the Lab School but now they attend Sidwell Friends, an elite private…
    Terry Stoops, July 21, 2011
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    The Charter School Debate Rages on Across the Nation

    Here in North Carolina, Charter Schools emerged as an alternative to traditional public schools with the passage of legislation in 1996.  Until recently, the number of Charter Schools across the state was capped at 100.   History has shown that North Carolina’s Charter Schools have been beneficial to public…
    Kristin Szafranski, July 18, 2011