Charter schools (page 21)

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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
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    Charter school mêlée in Chapel Hill

    This week the NC Public Charter Schools Advisory Council will review 27 “fast track” charter school applications.  The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School is among the applicants. The school is named after Howard Lee, former Chapel Hill mayor, legislator, and chair of the NC State Board of Education,…
    Terry Stoops, December 13, 2011
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    School choice fail?

    The News & Observer reprinted a New York Times op-ed by Natalie Hopkinson, resident of a “leafy, majority-black neighborhood in Washington [D.C.]” and mother to an 11-year-old son.  Ms. Hopkinson complains that school choice failed her neighborhood because failing neighborhood schools were closed by city leaders.  She laments the…
    Terry Stoops, December 6, 2011
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    Charter schools surge on NAEP

    As North Carolinians prepare for a significant increase in the number of charter schools, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reports that the nation’s charter schools had tremendous performance gains on the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test. In nearly every category that we examined,…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2011
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    Global Report Card: Top performing NC districts/ schools

    Description: The Global Report Card (GRC) was developed to compare academic achievement in math and reading between 2004 and 2007 for U.S. school districts to the average achievement in a set of 25 countries with developed economies. Math 5. Magellan Charter (Wake County) 37. Metrolina Regional (Mecklenburg County) 56.
    Terry Stoops, September 27, 2011
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    PDK: Republicans are winning the education debate

    In the September issue of the Phi Delta Kappan, Joan Richardson argues that the recent PDK poll indicates that Republicans are winning the education debate. When the editor looks at the PDK/Gallup Poll numbers, she sees an American public that largely has been won over by reform ideas first…
    Terry Stoops, September 16, 2011
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    What makes NC’s KIPP charter schools successful?

    Opponents of charter schools often argue that charter public schools owe their success to parents who are motivated enough to exercise a school choice option.  According to this account, charter schools themselves do little to increase student achievement.  Rather, they attract more engaged and “connected” parents who were likely to…
    Terry Stoops, September 8, 2011
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    Troubled schools try mimicking charters

    In Houston and Denver, district schools have adopted some of the successful strategies used by charter schools. In the first experiment of its kind in the country, the Houston public schools are testing whether techniques proven successful in high-performing urban charters can also help raise achievement in regular public…
    Terry Stoops, September 6, 2011