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Osborne for the Wall Street Journal: “Charter Schools Are Flourishing on Their Silver Anniversary”

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 [...]

Osborne for the Wall Street Journal: “Charter Schools Are Flourishing on Their Silver Anniversary” 2017-11-02T09:08:56+00:00

One Great School Everyone Should Visit

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 [...]

One Great School Everyone Should Visit 2017-11-02T07:44:35+00:00

Backpack Full of Hypocrisy

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 [...]

Backpack Full of Hypocrisy 2017-10-30T11:34:55+00:00

RANKINGS: Best Charlotte-area public high schools 2016-17

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 [...]

RANKINGS: Best Charlotte-area public high schools 2016-17 2017-10-27T10:02:08+00:00

10/22 Letter: A response on virtual schools

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 [...]

10/22 Letter: A response on virtual schools 2017-10-27T08:42:11+00:00

10/25 Letters: Charter and public schools should collaborate

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 [...]

10/25 Letters: Charter and public schools should collaborate 2017-10-27T08:33:55+00:00

N&O forum will explore promise, concerns of charter schools in NC

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 [...]

N&O forum will explore promise, concerns of charter schools in NC 2017-10-23T11:56:13+00:00
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