Charter schools (page 16)

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    Up to 170 groups to apply for charters

    According to the NC Department of Public Instruction, the Office of Charter School (OCS) has received 170 Letters of Intent to apply to open a charter school. While not all 170 groups will submit an application for review, it indicates that interest in expanding the charter school sector remains…
    Terry Stoops, September 9, 2013
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    Charters aren’t dumping low-performing students

    Imagine that – researchers put the theory to the test! The “theory,” parroted by charter antagonists ad nauseam, is that charter schools force low-income and low-performing students to leave, presumably to raise test scores and avoid the added expense. So, Ron Zimmer of Vanderbilt University and Cassandra Guarino of Indiana University…
    Terry Stoops, September 6, 2013
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    Graduation rates: Charters beat state average

    Last year, charter schools posted a graduation rate of 86.1 percent, compared to the statewide average of 82.5 percent. Here are some interesting facts about charter school graduation rates: The state reported graduation rates for 29  of the state’s 107 charter schools 15 of 29 charters graduated over 90…
    Terry Stoops, August 9, 2013
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    Teacher certification is a poor indicator of quality

    One of the provisions in Senate Bill 337: NC Charter School Advisory Board would allow charter schools to employ fewer certified (or licensed) teachers.  Currently, at least 75 percent of charter school teachers in grades kindergarten through five must possess a teaching license.  At least 50 percent of…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2013
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    One charter authorizer or several?

    A little more than a week ago, the Center for Education Reform issued a press release that criticized Senate Bill 337: NC Charter School Advisory Board. The House displaced the bill today.  Both the House and Senate will debate and vote on the bill on Saturday (maybe). Jeanne…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2013
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    Liberal advocacy group: Expanding school choice is critical

    The folks at Public Schools First NC hate private school vouchers but apparently love public school choice.  Recently, members of the organization distributed a flyer (posted below) to members of the NC General Assembly.  Note the paragraph that begins, “Public Schools First NC agrees that it is critical to expand…
    Terry Stoops, June 11, 2013
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    Government the Education Enemy

    The charter school movement continues to grow, but not without government agencies unremitting attempt to obstruct progress. The government system in Frederick County, Maryland is forcing a new charter school to hire the system’s “leftovers.” Now, in the last months before the school is finally scheduled to open this fall, the…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, May 30, 2013
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    NC charters have not been “hijacked”

    In a News & Observer op-ed titled “The hijaking of charter schools,” Edward B. Fisk complains, As a longtime supporter of charter schools, I am distressed to watch Republican legislators attempting to hijack this once-promising notion for school improvement and transform it into a force for undermining public education in North…
    Terry Stoops, May 6, 2013