Charter schools (page 22)

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    Charter schools outscore traditional public schools… again

    I compared the average performance composites of all regular/traditional public schools and all charter schools.  (Note: All schools classified by the Department of Public Instruction as “alternative” were not included.)  The performance composite is the percentage of students performing at or above grade level (Level III) on all state tests…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
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    Teacher quality and charter competition

    The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) just released a new working paper, “School Competition and Teacher Labor Markets: Evidence from Charter School Entry in North Carolina” by C. Kirabo Jackson of Northwestern University.  Professor Jackson concluded, I find that teachers moving from TPSs [traditional public schools] to charter schools…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2011
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    The Democrats’ faux compassion

    A compromise charter school bill is headed to Governor Perdue.  Yesterday, the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the conference committee version of SB 8: No Cap on Number of Charter Schools. The bill lifts the 100-school cap, allows charter schools to grow by 20 percent each year, and establishes…
    Terry Stoops, June 10, 2011
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    Charter schools: More than just “laboratories”

    Those who oppose charter schools, as well as those who say they don’t but really do, have argued that charter schools have not lived up to their promise of being “laboratories of innovation.”  The truth is that innovation is one of six purposes of charter schools, as outlined in the…
    Terry Stoops, April 13, 2011
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    Parental choice: Free or forced?

    Tyler Whittenberg, education and law policy fellow at the N.C. Justice Center, nails it in his latest op-ed.  By “it,” I mean the last line of the piece.  Here is the concluding paragraph of the op-ed: Would you want to send your child to a school that avoids accountability…
    Terry Stoops, April 12, 2011
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    Poll: A clear message on charters

    Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning firm, released results from a poll that asked respondents to evaluate various education reforms and proposals.  The bottom line is that North Carolinians like charter schools. Overall, 54 percent of North Carolinians supported charter schools.  Over 60 percent of Republicans and Independents supported charters, and…
    Terry Stoops, March 30, 2011
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    Betts: Charter bill a “natural reaction” to years of Democratic obstructionism

    Charlotte Observer columnist Jack Betts provides much needed context to the charter school debate: Proposals to raise the cap each year were advanced but those who thought charters threatened traditional public schools managed to block bills that would allow a half dozen or more new charter schools to get…
    Terry Stoops, March 28, 2011
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    N&O editorial on charter schools is hinky

    Editors of the News & Observer declare, Sometimes there are good reasons why a bill doesn’t just sail through the General Assembly, even when one party that is pushing it holds substantial majorities in both houses. That’s the case with legislation that goes way too far in lifting the…
    Terry Stoops, March 17, 2011