Charter schools

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    Baker Mitchell: “The Smear Campaign Against Charters”

    In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, Baker Mitchell, founder of the North Carolina-based Roger Bacon Academy charter schools, confronts charges that North Carolina charters are producing resegregation.  Mitchell writes, Charges of racism are intended to divert attention from the failure of traditional public schools to…
    Terry Stoops, August 14, 2019
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    N.C. charter schools boost civic outcomes

    According to a study published by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, The study, released in June, found that eighth-grade students in traditional public schools in North Carolina who transitioned to a charter high school had more positive behavioral outcomes than their peers who went on to a district…
    Terry Stoops, August 14, 2019
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    1 in 5 NC students don’t attend traditional public schools, new figures show

    Keung Hui of the News & Observer has the details: Twenty percent of North Carolina’s students are not attending the state’s traditional public schools — and that percentage is expected to continue rising. New statewide figures released this month show that homeschools, private schools and charter schools all continued to add…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2019
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    Wake County charter schools receive state approval

    The State Board of Education voted to grant charters to North Raleigh Charter Academy and Wake Preparatory Academy. Members of the Wake PTA and school board tried to torpedo the proposed charter schools. In “State Officials Should Approve Wake County Charter Schools,” I discussed the concerns that led…
    Terry Stoops, July 11, 2019
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    Sell the Big Mac, rather than complaining that Burger King has onion rings

    On October 12, Public Schools First NC and Great Schools In Wake are hosting an event, Impact of Privatizing Public Schools: A Crisis in the Making.  Here is the description of the event: To celebrate 10 years of advocacy for public schools, we invite you join us…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2019
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    Teacher-Student Race Matching: Where The Research Is Heading

    N.C. State professor Anna Egalite discusses the future of research on teacher-student race matching in light of the new Fordham Institute report that compares matching in North Carolina charter and district schools.  Dr. Egalite offers three takeaways from the study. First, we need to be pushing harder on…
    Terry Stoops, June 12, 2019
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    Black students in N.C. charter schools are more likely to have black teachers

    Madeline Will at Education Week reports on a new Fordham Institute study that examined teacher demographics in North Carolina district and charter schools. Black students in charter schools are more likely to have black teachers than their peers in traditional public schools, which can lead to academic gains in…
    Terry Stoops, June 4, 2019
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    Biden says that charter schools “have admissions tests”

    …and it shows. Speaking before a crowd of educators Tuesday evening, former Vice President Joe Biden said that some charter schools funnel money from public schools, and that he does not believe federal funds should go to for-profit charter schools. “Any…
    Terry Stoops, May 29, 2019