Charter schools (page 18)

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    North Carolina Ranks 30th in Nation for Charter Schools

    Today, the Center for Education Reform (CER) released the 14th annual Charter School Laws Across the States Ranking and Scorecard.  North Carolina moved up one spot in the overall ranking and earned a C- grade.  The state had low scores in two areas – independent authorizers and equal…
    Terry Stoops, January 16, 2013
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    Breakdown of charter school applicants

    Last week, I mentioned that the NC Department of Public Instruction received 161 letters of intent from groups looking to apply for a charter from the state.  I obtained the list of the potential applicants.  Here is the breakdown: Fourteen of the applicants would like to open a charter…
    Terry Stoops, January 8, 2013
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    Group gives NC a D for education laws, policies

    Today, Michelle Rhee’s organization, StudentsFirst, released a state policy report card, which evaluates the education laws and policies in place in each state.  North Carolina received a D overall and ranked 32 out of the nations 50 states and D.C.  Our highest grade was a D+ in the productivity…
    Terry Stoops, January 7, 2013
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    Wowza! Up to 161 groups to apply for charters

    The NC Department of Public Instruction reports that 161 groups have submitted letters of intent to apply for a charter from the state.  Of course, the state’s Office of Charter Schools will not receive 161 applications by the March 1 deadline.  Some of the groups may choose to apply…
    Terry Stoops, January 4, 2013
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    Shameless Diane Ravitch: Newtown teachers belonged to a union, had tenure

    Education pundit Diane Ravitch does her best to exploit the Newtown shootings to advance her own political agenda.  And, no, we are not talking about a gun control agenda.  In a blog post, Ravitch writes, Every one of the [Sandy Hook] teachers was a career educator. Every one was…
    Terry Stoops, December 18, 2012
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    NC schools top Global Report Card

    The Global Report Card (GRC) is a project of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.  The GRC allows the public to compare charter and school district performance in math and reading to other states and nations.  It is just been updated. The GRC also lists the top performing districts…
    Terry Stoops, December 10, 2012
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    Legislative agenda for CMS

    A few people have asked me what I thought of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) legislative agenda.  First, thanks for asking.  Second, CMS’s agenda is a mixed bag.  I’ll tackle the major/controversial proposals. 1. Adding student academic growth to student proficiency (test scores) as a way of measuring student achievement. Growth…
    Terry Stoops, November 1, 2012
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    The Dalton education plan: A few initial thoughts

    In next week’s newsletter, I’ll provide a more thorough overview of Walter Dalton’s new education plan, “Great Jobs Grow from Great Schools: Walter Dalton’s Education Plan: Building Momentum for a Better, Brighter and Stronger North Carolina.” Here are a few initial thoughts: Dalton’s idea to give every newborn a…
    Terry Stoops, October 4, 2012