Charter schools (page 20)

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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
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    Charter and district school students by ethnicity

    Recent debates about proposed charter schools in Durham and Orange counties have many wondering how the racial and ethnic makeup of charter schools compares to district schools.  Thanks to the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI), we have part of the answer.  This week, the NC DPI released…
    Terry Stoops, March 8, 2012
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    A historic day for school choice in North Carolina

    With State Board of Education approval of nine charter schools yesterday, North Carolina will exceed 100 charter schools for the first time since passage of charter school legislation approximately 15 years ago.  This would not have been possible without passage of Senate Bill 8 last year. But the vote…
    Terry Stoops, March 2, 2012
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    New charter schools approved

    Today, the State Board of Education determined that nine charter schools approved by the members of the Public Charter School Advisory Council (PCSAC) would receive charters. These so-called “fast-track” charters, the first group of applicants that the PCSAC recommended for state approval, will allow these nine schools to begin operation…
    Terry Stoops, March 1, 2012
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    Segregation double standard?

    My friends at the Independent Weekly recently published a three part examination of charter schools in North Carolina.  There is not much to say about it.  The piece simply provides a narrative for the standard Democratic talking points, including the requisite reference to Art Pope. One of those talking…
    Terry Stoops, February 14, 2012
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    DPS: We hate charter schools

    Officials and school board members representing the Durham Public Schools (DPS) are fighting the expansion of existing charter schools, Kestrel Heights and Voyager, and the establishment of a new charter, Research Triangle High School. In a letter to the state Office of Charter Schools, Superintendent Eric Becoats complained that…
    Terry Stoops, February 1, 2012
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    Eleven charter schools make the cut

    Eleven of the 27 applicants for “fast track” charters will move to the next phase of the application process.  Schools that made the cut include the following: High Point College Prep (Guilford) Water’s Edge Village School (Currituck) Cornerstone Charter Academy (Guilford) Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter (Orange) Mendenhall…
    Terry Stoops, December 15, 2011
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    N&O: Achievement gap good for sake of diversity in Chapel Hill

    Predictably, the editors of the News & Observer believe that the state should deny the charter school application submitted by representatives of the Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School in Chapel Hill because the school would “lessen diversity in the existing schools – a detrimental effect.” Apparently, keeping…
    Terry Stoops, December 14, 2011