Charter schools

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    How much will public schools receive in COVID-19 supplemental funds?

    Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper pulled $50 million from reserve accounts and funds set aside for summer reading camps (which will not occur this summer for obvious reasons).  Districts and charters have the flexibility to use the funds for activities related to school nutrition, school and community-based child care,…
    Terry Stoops, April 1, 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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    Parents are savvy school shoppers

    The bottom line of Ann Doss Helms’ recent WFAE article, “School Shopping Demands More Than Looking At Grades, Families Say,” is that families seldom rely on a single metric or criterion to choose schools for their children. When [Shamaiye] Haynes moved to west Charlotte, she enrolled her son at Thomasboro…
    Terry Stoops, November 6, 2019
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    Elizabeth Warren vows to ban federal funding for new charter schools

    Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren declares war on public charter schools.  According to the AP, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced an education proposal pledging to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on public schools while ending all federal funding to create new charter schools.
    Terry Stoops, October 22, 2019
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    District to send $16.25 million in taxpayer money to for-profit company

    According to the News & Observer,  The Wake County school system is planning to pay $16.25 million to purchase 17,000 Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga laptop computers for school district staff to use. Critics of charter schools claim that it is problematic for schools to contract with a for-profit charter management…
    Terry Stoops, October 15, 2019
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    What the Left really thinks about school choice families

    Consider this passage from Rob Schofield of N.C. Policy Watch: Think about it: School can be hard. You’re a parent with less-than-perfect recollections of your own school experience. The news is full of stories about school funding problems. The public school to which your child is assigned is a…
    Terry Stoops, October 15, 2019