On Sept. 8, 1992, the first charter school opened, in St. Paul, Minn. Twenty-five years later, some 7,000 of these schools serve about three million students around the U.S. Their growth has become controversial among those wedded to the status quo, but charters undeniably are effective, especially in urban areas. After four years in a [...]
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North Carolina has 173 charter schools, and the sector has boomed since the legislature lifted the 100-school limit for charters in 2011. Last year, the state spent $513 million on 167 charter schools. Here are five points of contention at Monday’s discussion: Read More
For the last six years, I have studied and analyzed the most effective public charter schools across the country. This analysis has lead me to conclude that there are six common characteristics that all schools share: Clearly defined mission and purpose. Expanded professional development opportunities for teachers, staff members, and community stakeholders. Emphasis on a [...]
Matt Damon and I are “in” the same film. I should be thrilled, but it’s a poorly contrived documentary with a storyline worlds apart from the reality of education for most Americans. Entitled “Backpack Full of Cash” for a phrase I used in an interview with the filmmakers, it posits that the point of [...]
The grades are in: For the fifth year, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has rated North Carolina schools using a “college and career readiness” standard. DPI’s most recent release breaks down the performance of 123 high schools in the Charlotte area — including public and charter high schools in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union and Gaston [...]
On Oct. 12, News & Observer reporters Lynn Bonner and David Raynor published an article about North Carolina’s virtual schools. As superintendent of North Carolina Connections Academy, one of the state’s virtual public schools, I had multiple conversations with Lynn to inform the story, and I’d like to thank her for delivering a balanced piece [...]
In a News & Observer letter to the editor, Amy Marschall discusses her desire to see district and charter schools collaborate. Many charter school directors have shared that they are open to a dialogue with district representatives. Ultimately, the students would be the beneficiaries of a reciprocal arrangement. Share your thoughts with the Association. Have you [...]
Charter schools started in North Carolina, as they did across the nation, as laboratories for testing ideas for improving education. But now the special schools – publicly funded, but privately run – are testing something else. They are challenging our common commitment to offering all children a fair opportunity at a sound, basic education. Charter [...]