Charter schools (page 22)

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    Appointments to the new NC Public Charter School Advisory Council

    Today, the NC State Board of Education approved 11 of 15 appointments to the new Public Charter School Advisory Council. Kwan Graham, Parent and Parent Liaison Initiative leader for Parents for Educational Freedom in NC (PEFNC) Jenny Adams, Retired teacher John Betterton, Public charter school principal Alfred Dillon, Former…
    Terry Stoops, September 1, 2011
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    Graduation rates: Charters vs. traditional public schools

    Last year, charter schools had a graduation rate of 78.8 percent, which was slightly lower than the 80.9 percent rate posted by regular/traditional public schools. Keep in mind that over 104,000 traditional public school students were eligible for graduation, compared to around 1,400 charter school students.  Because of this difference,…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
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    Charters among best schools in the state

    According to a preliminary analysis of last year’s state test results, 23.5 percent of charter schools received the state’s top classification – Honor School of Excellence.  Only 7.9 percent of regular/traditional public schools received that honor.
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
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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