Charter schools

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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
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    Preliminary figures show enrollment drop in CMS

    WFAE reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have 465 fewer students than a year ago. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has seen its first significant enrollment drop, according to a report posted Monday. And the district’s Hispanic enrollment hit a milestone as well. CMS has 146,687 students this year, down by 465 from…
    Terry Stoops, October 8, 2019
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    Imagine if they reported on new school options the way they do new grocery stores

    Media and consumers agree: families having more choices is a good thing! This simple insight could improve reporting on charter schools and Opportunity Scholarships.
    Jon Sanders, October 1, 2019
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    Dr. Stoops’ Annual Overview of Public School Accountability Results

    This week, JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops published a research brief that delves into recently released N.C. public school data. According to Stoops: The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the 2018-19 state accountability results this week.  The release included end-of-grade and end-of-course test results, growth (or value-added) scores, school performance grades,…
    Brenee Goforth, September 6, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: School performance grades

    North Carolina assigns school performance grades to all public schools.  The grades are based on student achievement (80 percent of total grade) and growth (20 percent of total grade). In the past, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published comparisons of district and charter grade distributions, but they…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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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