Iredell officials continue debate of charter school funding bill

By Heather Barfield   A public schools advocate recently urged Iredell-Statesville Board of Education members to take action against a proposed state bill that calls for more traditional public school funds to go towards charter schools.   James Hogan spoke at this month’s school board meeting to persuade board members to meet with state [...]

Secret to school success? Clear mission, relentless focus

BY PAMELA BLIZZARD   I used to say that I am a charter school founder but not necessarily a charter school supporter. My first experience in charter schools was opening Raleigh Charter High School, and the wonderful education that goes on there taught me that it was the quality of the education that was important, [...]

Winstead earns West Point admission, scholarship

Roxboro Community School (RCS) Senior Collin Winstead will make school history this fall when he enters prep school for West Point admission.   This is the first such honor for a RCS student.   West Point Association of Graduates offers scholarships to only one percent of qualified candidates.   Winstead was one of the 35 [...]

Durham Teens Get Education on Health Advocacy

Any given day at the North Carolina General Assembly finds groups of schoolchildren lined up outside the glass double doors waiting for tours and to sit in the gallery to watch lawmakers in the afternoons.   But a group of 41 kids from a charter high school in Durham actually jumped into the task of [...]

Union Academy Named National School of Character!

Washington, D.C. (May 10, 2016)—, a non-profit organization that supports the advancement of character development in schools, communities and workplaces across the U.S. and globally, today designated 67 schools and four districts from 15 states as National Schools and Districts of Character for 2016.   Union Academy Charter School is one of the designated [...]

Local Charter School Senior Receives Gold Medal from International STEM Competition

Greensboro, NC – Thursday, April 29, 2016,Triad Math and Science Academy Senior, Noah Worley, participated in the International Young Inventors Project Olympiad (IYIPO) and represented the United States of America with pride and honor. Noah competed against almost 200 students from 37 different countries and came home with the GOLD Medal for his project titled “The Use [...]

The Union War on Charter-School Philanthropists

If you heard that a group of philanthropists came together to donate millions of dollars to schools, you would probably consider it good news. Indeed, thousands of underprivileged kids will be helped by the $35 million raised for Success Academy charter schools at a charity gala earlier this month. But teachers unions detect a nefarious [...]

Has School Choice Been All It Set Out to Be?

Kasey Locke has been diagnosed with autism. When her parents enrolled her in the public school in her town in Arizona, she had a hard time communicating, let alone learning. The Lockes, however, took advantage of an education savings account (ESA) program to sign their daughter up at a private school. ESAs work like vouchers, [...]

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