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People line up in Raleigh in hopes of expunging records

RALEIGH, N.C. — Nearly a thousand people registered over the last week to have their records expunged. A few hundred more were expected Tuesday night at the Torchlight Academy in Raleigh.   As part of a partnership between the Wake County District Attorney's Office and Justice Served of North Carolina, people can sign up to [...]

A Bay State Referendum on Charter Schools

A half-dozen times in recent years I have participated in “book club night” at a local charter school—a not-for-credit event where seventh- and eighth-graders meet with adult volunteers to discuss a book we have all read in advance.   These nights are pretty much a charter proponent’s fantasy. The kids are wide-eyed and respectful. They [...]

Black Education Leaders Fight NAACP on Charter Schools

A group of 160 black education and community leaders from across the country are pushing back against an attempt by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to halt all future charter school growth.   The coalition, organized by the Black Alliance for Educational Options and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, [...]

38 New Charter Applications Received; Approved Schools Will Open for Students in Fall 2018

Thirty-eight nonprofit boards submitted applications to open public charter schools in August 2018. A spreadsheet of applicants as well as their applications are available on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Office of Charter Schools’ website.   Sept. 19 was the deadline to submit a charter application through the Office of Charter Schools’ [...]

Students Use STEM Skills to Make Prosthetic Hands for Children

ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Hundreds of thousands of people suffer the loss of a limb every year, but some North Carolina middle school students are doing their part to help.   Uwharrie Charter Academy students in Asheboro are using a 3D printer to design and print parts for a prosthetic hand.   "We are printing prosthetics [...]

Many Wake County charter schools earn top performance grades

More charter schools in Wake County earned top marks from the state this year than their counterparts in the traditional public schools.   All North Carolina public schools receive a school performance grade of A-F based largely on passing rates on standardized tests. Out of 18 Wake charter schools, 14 got an A-plus, A or [...]

Charter Schools: The Reform That Sticks

Sadly, decades of school reform efforts have come down to little more than throwing cooked spaghetti against the wall. To date, a lot of that spaghetti has peeled off.   Reforms that haven't completely stuck include the Common Core curriculum, seen by conservatives as an Obama conspiracy and the "progressive" left as a plot to [...]

Union Academy Names Margaret Dalpe Teacher of the Year

After getting past the shock and surprise of being named the 2016-2017 Union Academy Teacher of the Year, high school English teacher Margaret Dalpe felt the weight of the honor and a great responsibility for carrying the title.   “I feel I must rise to this honor and live up to it every day,” she [...]

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