Charter School Accountability | IN 60 SECONDS

Andy Smarick, Morgridge Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), argues that public schools could benefit from one of the greatest innovations of charter schools: contract-based accountability.    

First Charter School Teacher Named National Teacher of the Year

The National Alliance today issued the following statement regarding Sydney Chaffee, the first charter public school teacher to be named National Teacher of the Year:   “The National Alliance heartily congratulates Sydney Chaffee on being named National Teacher of the Year. At the Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, Massachusetts, Sydney has transformed her [...]

East Spencer charter school clears big step toward 2018 opening date

The N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board unanimously approved last week the application for the Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School, clearing a major hurdle and virtually promising the East Spencer school will open Aug. 27, 2018.   The decision at the state level in Raleigh came last Tuesday.   “I was in tears,” Whitney Peckman [...]

Peak Charter Academy in Apex announces open enrollment, hires principal

APEX - An Apex charter school that delayed its opening a year is moving forward to open next fall by hiring a principal and beginning student enrollment.   Peak Charter Academy – Apex’s first charter school – will be northeast of Apex’s downtown, on the south side of U.S. 64 near its intersection with Blackburn [...]

Former NFL Star Now Building A $12 Million Charter School on Charlotte’s West-Side

Some may know Charlotte resident Casey Crawford as an NFL Super Bowl Champion, others, as the head of the fastest growing mortgage company in America, but now he has his sights set on building Charlotte’s best new charter school.   Movement School will be a new tuition-free public charter school on Charlotte’s west side (most [...]

Charter school funding debate significant

By Lee Teague   I read Eric Wildstein’s article last week, "Charter school funding debates a distraction?, on a report by Kris Nordstrom. Public charters think the methodology of Mr. Nordstrom’s report is flawed.   He does not count the local funding charters received before 2010, but do not now. Some of that is federal [...]

Lake Norman Charter plans to add elementary school

After some initial uncertainty, Lake Norman Charter’s new elementary school is moving forward.  The elementary school will be located near Hambright and Patterson roads, about 4 miles from the existing middle and high school.  The new school plans to welcome 300 students in grades K-2 for the 2017-18 school year, with third and fourth grade [...]

Secret to school success? Clear mission, relentless focus

BY PAMELA BLIZZARD   I used to say that I am a charter school founder but not necessarily a charter school supporter. My first experience in charter schools was opening Raleigh Charter High School, and the wonderful education that goes on there taught me that it was the quality of the education that was important, [...]

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