Education Reform Groups Decry Associated Press Analysis of Charter School Segregation

Dad with kids going to the bus stop An Associated Press article about segregation in charter schools has sparked a stinging backlash from education advocates across the country. The article, which went out wide on the AP wire under the headline “US charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation,” makes the assertion that [...]

Education Reform Groups Decry Associated Press Analysis of Charter School Segregation 2017-12-12T09:47:06+00:00

ISD narrows in on management organizations for Southside Ashpole

Innovative School District Superintendent Eric Hall announced to the State Board Wednesday two finalists to take over the Robeson County school chosen as the first Innovative School District. He also released the name of the independent consultant who will evaluate the two groups, as well as the organization that will be in charge of evaluating [...]

ISD narrows in on management organizations for Southside Ashpole 2017-12-11T13:23:47+00:00

Public School Choice, Any Way You Slice It

Our new report, Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?, finds a variety of public school choice available in cities—district-run magnet, innovation, and open-enrollment schools; charter schools overseen by multiple authorizers; and district-charter partnership schools. In some cities, private schools accept publicly subsidized vouchers. In others, students can [...]

Public School Choice, Any Way You Slice It 2017-12-11T09:50:11+00:00

Charter advocacy group fears House tax plan will harm charter schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools says the House of Representatives’ tax reform plan threatens the ability of charter schools to fund building projects through lower-cost lending programs. H.R. 1 removes public charter schools from qualifying for three programs: New Market Tax Credits, Private Activity Bonds, and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds. “This is devastating [...]

Charter advocacy group fears House tax plan will harm charter schools 2017-11-30T13:47:42+00:00

A moratorium on charter schools? That’d be a mistake

An outstanding example in North Carolina is Henderson Collegiate Charter in Henderson, which serves primarily students from low-income families. Last year 89 percent of its students tested at or above grade, a level well above the all-school average for North Carolina. In Charlotte, Sugar Creek Charter, 94 percent of whose students are from low-income families, [...]

A moratorium on charter schools? That’d be a mistake 2017-11-27T18:57:41+00:00

Parents count when judging schools

If students in charter schools perform no better on standardized tests, all other things being held equal, than their peers in district-run public schools, should North Carolina limit or stop the growth of charter schools? This is an important question facing policymakers in our state. Similar questions face policymakers elsewhere. While charter-school enrollment remains only [...]

Parents count when judging schools 2017-11-27T12:18:33+00:00

Diverse by Design: These Charter Schools Show What Integration Looks Like and Why It Matters for Kids

It’s no secret that charter schools are getting some pretty stellar outcomes for students, particularly in urban areas. Many charter schools are also embracing diversity to ensure all students have a bright future, and to ensure classrooms reflect the increasingly diverse populations of our communities. Diverse learning environments contribute both to stronger academic outcomes for [...]

Diverse by Design: These Charter Schools Show What Integration Looks Like and Why It Matters for Kids 2017-11-16T10:49:00+00:00

Parents – Not Economists – Know Best

A team of economists from elite universities recently published a study suggesting that parents can’t truly assess school quality. Profiling the paper, The Atlantic notes that “if these results hold up under scrutiny by other economists … they could prove problematic for school-choice advocates.” But fortunately for them, this study merely shows that professors are far [...]

Parents – Not Economists – Know Best 2017-11-10T11:41:20+00:00
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