- NC approves 10 new charter schools, but holds off on 2 others after Wake objects
- > Jun 7, 5:28 AM: Ten new North Carolina charter schools got state approval Thursday, but two applications were put on hold because of concerns raised by the Wake County school system and some PTA groups who say the area has too many
- Grandmother Asks Governor Not to Scrap School Choice Program
- Jun 6, 5:01 AM: A North Carolina woman with three grandchildren in the state’s school voucher program says she isn’t too proud to beg the governor not to reduce funding and phase it out, as he proposes.
- CMS votes on who can attend new south Charlotte school
- > Jun 5, 5:05 AM: The move follows months of debate and passionate pleas from affected south Charlotte parents. Many addressed the board about their opposition to being forced to attend a themed school. "Forcing students to attended a
- State School Board asked to approve 12 new charter schools this week
- Jun 4, 8:15 AM: Despite recent calls for a moratorium on new charter schools, the State Board of Education (SBE) will be asked to approve 12 new ones when the board meets this week for its monthly business meeting.
- Editorial: Charter school standards are too weak
- May 29, 5:47 AM: Remember when the state started its charter school experiment in the late 1990s? The idea sounded good. Unfortunately, the state Senate seems bent on ruining what’s left of that good idea.
- Opinion: To Understand Appeal of Charter Schools, start by Talking with Parents
- > May 28, 6:18 AM: Perhaps unchecked teacher radicalism will emerge as a source of discontent. Aside from circumstances unique to Wake County, research tells us that parents choose charter schools for a variety of reasons: safety, proximity,
- Editorial: Where’s the accountability for charter schools?
- May 24, 7:07 AM: Taxpayers should demand — and expect — accountability. At all levels of government, we elect representatives who must answer for their votes.
- Career readiness program offers a fresh start
- > May 23, 6:39 AM: Day, evening, and online classes are available through the College and Career Readiness department. Anyone interested in obtaining a High School Equivalency Diploma may choose from two convenient options: the traditional
- Editorial: Codding charter schools
- > May 23, 5:13 AM: Remember when the state started its charter school experiment in the late 1990s? It sounded like a promising concept. Unfortunately, the state Senate seems bent on ruining what’s left of that good idea.
- Only low-performing schools can get charter-like flexibility. Wake says that ‘stinks.’
- > May 22, 5:55 AM: Nineteen Wake County schools are blurring the lines between traditional public schools and charter schools with innovative calendars and grading systems, longer school days and specialized offerings that set them apart.
- Editorial: NC should pull the plug on virtual pre-K
- May 21, 7:01 AM: A provision in the proposed House budget would establish a 3-year pilot program to deliver Pre-K education at home via computer to what it terms “at risk” four-year-olds.
- Rock Hill charter school sets starting teacher pay above SC, national average.
- > May 21, 5:22 AM: York Prep’s leaders have been developing the package, dubbed #40forall, for a year, according to a release from the school. Along with the starting pay, York Prep approved salary increases for other teachers and a
- Column: School voucher program lacks accountability
- > May 17, 5:56 AM: Since its inception, North Carolina’s school voucher program has suffered from a stunning lack of transparency and accountability that should safeguard the public’s investment in private schools.
- Fact check: NC Democrat says there’s ‘no wait list’ for school vouchers
- > May 16, 6:06 AM: During debates, a pair of Mecklenburg County Democrats suggested program expansion isn’t needed. Sen. Jeff Jackson tweeted that “demand has been low.” Sen. Natasha Marcus, meanwhile, said during a floor speech that there’s
- Opinion: Opportunity Scholarships Comes From “Our Tax Money” Too
- May 15, 7:24 AM: These families are taxpayers, too. But CBC is protecting systems and the status quo, playing politics, and demonizing educational choice.
- Online Charter School Gets Approval To Sever Ties With Management Company
- > May 14, 7:30 AM: An online public charter school that serves more than 2,400 students across North Carolina will be allowed to end its contract with its for-profit management company. On Monday, state board of education members approved
- Column: Promising bills focus on educational outcomes
- May 14, 7:08 AM: Amid the hoopla surrounding educational inputs in North Carolina, it's nice to hear some state lawmakers focusing attention on educational outcomes.
- NC Republicans reveal their true colors on school vouchers
- > May 13, 5:14 AM: Six years ago, when N.C. Republicans launched the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, the public education community was rightly troubled. The program gave low-income North Carolina families $4,200 to pay for private
- Editorial: Private school vouchers to be even more open to corruption, waste
- > May 10, 5:47 AM: Let us be clear, we DO NOT oppose private school vouchers. We DO strongly believe there should be reasonable and responsible accountability and transparency in how these tax dollars are spent. It is tragically lacking
- NC’s 2 virtual charters are low performing. But they could be allowed to get more students.
- > May 9, 6:50 AM: The N.C. Senate voted 25-18 on Wednesday to lift the enrollment cap of 2,592 students at each virtual charter, letting them grow by 20 percent a year. Supporters argued that the virtual charters should be allowed to accept
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