Two studies were released this month from universities in California that demonstrate the effectiveness of school choice and the need for more options in education. In early October, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released a study which followed the educational progress of over 97,000 charter school students in New [...]
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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 hold [...]
As more than 50 million students go back to school, Americans of every background and political persuasion should agree on one basic bedrock goal: No matter where these young people live, no matter how much money their parents earn and no matter their race or ethnicity, they all deserve an excellent education. That is a [...]
Maureen Joy Charter School opened in Durham, N.C. in 1997, one of the first charters in the state. It’s mission is to provide children from low-income families with a quality education. The school provides bus service to students throughout most of Durham County, and serves breakfast and lunch. Read More
The charter school experiment is in many ways still in its infancy. In the past 25 years thousands of schools across the country have turned to the model to tackle low performance and to give administrators more freedom to play with school structure. There are some glowing success stories, but studies show inconsistency in charter [...]
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University is hosting a free online professional development course for teachers. The Teaching Foundational Reading Skills MOOC-Ed will help you more effectively prepare your students in grades K–3 with the skills they need to become successful readers. This is a critical challenge for elementary school teachers. Reading competency [...]
More NC Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams Earning College Credit: SAT data also released for NC, results above national average
Continuing a recent trend, more North Carolina high school students are taking and succeeding in college-level Advanced Placement courses, according to a report released today by The College Board, which administers the AP program and exams. The number of public school students in North Carolina taking at least one AP exam in 2016-17 increased 6 [...]
As a county commissioner Matthew Ridenhour oversees spending for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. As of this week, he’s also one of three applicants seeking state approval to open a charter school in the booming Steele Creek area of southwest Charlotte where his family has lived for generations. Ridenhour said Thursday there’s no conflict between the two roles, [...]