How we spend education dollars matters

Some will argue that Halifax’s trouble is poverty. Indeed, it is no secret that the district sits in one of the most impoverished regions of the state. The problem with that argument is that nearby Gaston College Preparatory, a charter school that has served the area since 2001, spends $1,500 per student less than Halifax but produces considerably higher test scores than the district and sometimes the state. Even more impressive is that 100 percent of Gaston’s seniors have earned acceptance letters to four-year universities and colleges since 2009. That is one reason why nearly 20 percent of all public school students in Halifax County choose to attend charter schools such as Gaston Prep. Read more here…

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