Charter schools (page 5)

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    Teacher diversity and charter schools

    In “Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?” New York Times reporter Claire Cain Miller writes, As students have returned to school, they have been greeted by teachers who, more likely than not, are white women. That means many students will be continuing to…
    Terry Stoops, September 13, 2018
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    School performance grades: Charters outperform districts

    Yes, I am still writing about the 2017-18 accountability results. This year, N.C. Department of Public Instruction analysts did not include a chart that compared district and charter performance grades, so I threw one together.  It shows that, compared to districts, charter schools had a higher percentage of A…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
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    Suburbs have another reason to hate CMS

    On Tuesday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) school board passed the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018.”  It is a stunningly brazen document.  As Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer explains, What the board did was pass the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018,” a measure that would effectively block future…
    Terry Stoops, August 30, 2018
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    Education Next poll: Support for school choice is growing, walkouts mattered

    The annual Education Next poll is good news for school choice advocates.  According to the AP, Forty-four percent of respondents in the poll conducted in May said they support the expansion of charter schools, compared to 39 percent in 2017. The gain of 5 percentage points, however, did not…
    Terry Stoops, August 21, 2018
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    District school teacher: Charters are for “affluent white folks”

    Raise your hand if you’ver heard this one before: charter schools in North Carolina promote racial segregation.  And no matter how many times it’s said, you can count on Washington Post’s resident school choice hater Valerie Strauss to give it space on her Answer Sheet blog. Last Friday, Strauss published…
    Terry Stoops, August 13, 2018
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    Shameless Durham City Council vote is a declaration of war on charter schools

    Voting “yes” on education revenue bonds for Excelsior Classical Academy would have cost the city no money.  But the Durham City Council voted 5-2 against the measure anyway. Those who opposed the measure explained that they voted to draw a line in the sand between charters and…
    Terry Stoops, August 8, 2018
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    Recommended reading from Jay Greene’s Blog

    At Jay Greene’s Blog, Matthew Ladner’s “The Way of the Future: Self-Reliance (with equity?)” gives North Carolina a well-deserved mention.  Matt, who is a senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, writes about the emergence of new educational structures, including a “broad trend towards self-reliance and multiple…
    Terry Stoops, August 1, 2018
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    Gordon-Stella: Durham charter schools committed to all students

    In an op-ed published in the Durham Herald-Sun, Lisa Gordon-Stella, a member of the Durham Charter Schools Collaborative, writes, Despite each school’s different approaches, the DCC’s focus is on collaborating to improve the educational outcomes of all children regardless of race or socioeconomic status. We know that there is…
    Terry Stoops, July 3, 2018