A new report shows that charter schools are becoming more racially diverse, enrolling more impoverished students, and performing better than in previous years, but experts say challenges remain. Since the first charter school opened in North Carolina in 1997, the legislature has required that the State Board of Education compile an annual report on how [...]
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RALEIGH — Two years after state education officials were accused of being too negative about charter schools, a new report praises North Carolina’s fast-growing charter schools and warns of “inequity” in their funding. The state Office of Charter Schools says it’s “pleased to report” that charter schools are becoming more racially diverse and are enrolling [...]
North Carolina charters are working with a more diverse population today than they were two years ago, a new state report shows. But charter enrollment is still strikingly different from the student population in traditional public schools. Those are some of the findings of a report delivered by the state’s Office of Charter Schools this [...]
Innovative School Superintendent needs more time to find turnaround operator for low-performing school
North Carolina’s controversial Innovative School District needs more time to tap a private operator that’s expected to take over a struggling Robeson County elementary this year. ISD Superintendent Eric Hall asked and received permission from the State Board of Education for an additional 60 days Thursday, after an independent consultant’s review cited numerous concerns with [...]
Flexibility was the word of the day in a meeting of the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform. Several superintendents and local education agency finance officers Wednesday, Jan. 31, shared recommendations with legislators on reforming the school funding formula. These included increasing flexibility on how allocated funds are spent in regard to meeting [...]
Jenn Ayscue of The Civil Rights Project at UCLA and UNC Charlotte researchers Amy Hawn Nelson, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Jason Giersch, and Martha Cecilia Bottia published a report this week titled “Charters as a Driver of Resegregation.” After reading the report, I’m not convinced. The authors bill the report as an exploration of the direct [...]
At the State Board of Education meeting today, NC Innovative School District (ISD) Superintendent, Dr. Eric Hall, requested and was granted a waiver by the Board to extend, by 60 days, the deadline for recommending a school operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC. The original deadline stated in legislation was February 15, 2018. [...]
Administrators and K-12 advocates also urged legislators to separate funding for local school systems and charters. A frequent point of tension, local systems are charged with passing along a portion of state school dollars to charters serving students within their district, but charters and systems frequently bicker over that amount. Leanne Winner, director of governmental [...]