Charter schools

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    Anti-choice coordination at its best? (with 1/15 updates)

    Want proof that the Left is coordinating its messages?  Compare the article written by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County teacher Stu Egan with the letter to the editor written by Meredith College English professor Kelly Roberts. Stu Egan, “North Carolina’s Intentional Misuse of Charter Schools: They Are For Experimentation, Not Competition,” January 8,…
    Terry Stoops, January 14, 2019
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    Charter school facts

    Courtesy of the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools newsletter dated December 21, 2018: 109,389 students are being served by our 185 charter schools That represents 7.3% of the total public school population 50% are female and 50% are male 35 applicants to open a charter school are currently being reviewed…
    Terry Stoops, January 2, 2019
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    NC is 7th on CER’s Parent Power Index

    On the Center for Education Reform’s (CER) 2018 Parent Power Index, North Carolina is ranked 7th in the nation with an overall PPI score of 73.0 percent.  CER writes, Things are looking up for parents of the Tarheel state. Improvements to the state’s charter law and school…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2018
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    Teacher diversity and charter schools

    In “Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?” New York Times reporter Claire Cain Miller writes, As students have returned to school, they have been greeted by teachers who, more likely than not, are white women. That means many students will be continuing to…
    Terry Stoops, September 13, 2018
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    School performance grades: Charters outperform districts

    Yes, I am still writing about the 2017-18 accountability results. This year, N.C. Department of Public Instruction analysts did not include a chart that compared district and charter performance grades, so I threw one together.  It shows that, compared to districts, charter schools had a higher percentage of A…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
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    Suburbs have another reason to hate CMS

    On Tuesday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) school board passed the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018.”  It is a stunningly brazen document.  As Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer explains, What the board did was pass the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018,” a measure that would effectively block future…
    Terry Stoops, August 30, 2018
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    Education Next poll: Support for school choice is growing, walkouts mattered

    The annual Education Next poll is good news for school choice advocates.  According to the AP, Forty-four percent of respondents in the poll conducted in May said they support the expansion of charter schools, compared to 39 percent in 2017. The gain of 5 percentage points, however, did not…
    Terry Stoops, August 21, 2018
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    District school teacher: Charters are for “affluent white folks”

    Raise your hand if you’ver heard this one before: charter schools in North Carolina promote racial segregation.  And no matter how many times it’s said, you can count on Washington Post’s resident school choice hater Valerie Strauss to give it space on her Answer Sheet blog. Last Friday, Strauss published…
    Terry Stoops, August 13, 2018