Charter schools (page 20)

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    Charter schools outperform districts again

    Once again, the average performance composite score of charter schools beat the district school average. The performance composite is the percentage of students’ scores in each school that were at or above grade level on state end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.  Admittedly, I am not a fan of comparing average…
    Terry Stoops, August 3, 2012
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    N&O: Education reformers must fall in line

    Do not read the latest News & Observer communiqué on education reform in North Carolina.  I will save you time by summarizing it for you: Education reformers – give up. The editors of the N&O contend, “[T]here’s a grating edge to many of the “education reform” proposals we’ve seen lately.
    Terry Stoops, July 13, 2012
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    CER: NC voters embrace parental choice

    According to a survey commissioned by the Center for Education Reform in Washington, D.C., there is strong support for school choice and charter schools among North Carolina voters. Here are the highlights: North Carolina strongly supports charter schools. 70 percent of surveyed North Carolinians say they support “allowing communities…
    Terry Stoops, July 12, 2012
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    John Wilson: Eliminate charter schools

    In an op-ed published in the News & Observer, John I. Wilson, former executive director of the National Education Association, outlines a plan to eliminate charter schools. Of course, he is not explicit about it.  Instead, he argues that the states should “bring charter schools back under the umbrella…
    Terry Stoops, June 29, 2012
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    Best high schools in NC

    Newsweek released their list of the nation’s best high schools.  You can also get a Best High School Bumper Sticker. North Carolina had six schools in the top 150.  Three of them are charter schools and two others are nontraditional high schools. 17. Early College at…
    Terry Stoops, May 22, 2012
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    A new way to look at public education in North Carolina

    Courtesy of Parents for Educational Freedom in NC (PEFNC):…
    Terry Stoops, April 4, 2012
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    SBE looks for ways to cap charter growth

    At next week’s State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, the topic of “significant shifts in student enrollment from an LEA to a charter school” will be on the table. Earlier this year, a handful of district administrators and school boards complained that new and expanding charter schools would…
    Terry Stoops, March 28, 2012
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    Charter school demand is strong

    Dan Way’s latest Carolina Journal article highlights the huge demand for charter school seats in North Carolina.  Joel Medley, director of the Office of Charter Schools at the NC Department of Public Instruction, reported that well over 29,000 children remained on charter wait lists last year. Thousands more will…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2012