by Rhonda Dillingham
January 25, 2021
“From the start, the spirit and mission of North Carolina charter schools has been to complement the traditional district system and serve all children a free, innovative, high-quality education, regardless of race or income. While the charter sector has consistently striven to live out that mission, the NC ACCESS Grant is helping us take incredible new strides in doing so.
In 2018, the state received a five-year, $36.6 million grant from the federal Department of Education. That grant — the NC ACCESS Program — is helping to expand access to charter schools for educationally disadvantaged students and train new leaders who can disseminate best practices for charter schools.
Excitingly, it’s working. Public charter schools are learning transportation and lunch service strategies to remove invisible barriers for low-income students. During the first full year of the program, six subgrantees enrolled more than 250 additional educationally disadvantaged children in their schools.”