SBE's LFI Committee meeting Aug 5 at 11:15

* State Board of Education Meets Next Week The State Board of Education will meet next week, Aug. 5-6, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. Following is a summary of the Board’s agenda. Please note that Board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their [...]

No Child Left Behind’s test and improve model is working

Charter schools are one part of our public school system where “test and improve” has delivered good results for students. Charter schools and the bodies that oversee them use test data to continuously monitor student learning and take actions to improve. Charter operators that consistently deliver better outcomes for children often open additional schools. Those [...]

Charter school bill aims for fairer application process

“We believe this bill will enhance the accountability of charters and the tax dollars they spend to educate our children,” said Lee Teague, public relations director for the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association. Read more here...

Pre-K and Charter Schools, Perfect Together

Both charter schools and publicly funded pre-K can improve learning for children in poverty. Together, they have the potential to do even more to close the achievement gap for at-risk students. Yet policies in many states prevent charter schools from serving pre-K students. This is a huge missed opportunity – one that's only going to [...]

NC Senate transfers control of Office of Charter Schools

The Senate passed a bill Thursday stripping the state Department of Public Instruction of oversight of charter schools after Republican lawmakers charged that education officials are hostile to those non-traditional public schools. Read more here...

NCVPS offers online PE

The North Carolina Virtual Public School is excited to announce that it is offering physical education online! Our Fitness - Physical Education course is the entry-level high school course that meets the graduation requirement in North Carolina. Students can enroll in the stand-alone course for .5 credit or take it in conjunction with our health [...]

How diverse are charter schools?

Why should we care about diversity in charter offerings? Simply maximizing reading and math scores is not the sole thing that parents want from schools. Sure, having a strong academic program is important, but parents have diverse tastes, and the schools that they can choose from should reflect those. We wanted to see, circa 2015, [...]

State panel backs opening Holly Springs charter school

On Friday, the N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board unanimously recommended that Pine Springs get approval from the State Board of Education to open for the 2016-17 school year. The State Board of Education already has given initial authorization for Peak Charter Academy, which has plans to open in 2016 in Cary or Apex. Read more [...]

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