(5.14.09) Reversing Freshman Failure
Boosting students' ninth-grade performance is critical to improving overall academic success.
(3.12.09) Capping Charter School Success
An arbitrary limit prevents North Carolina from taking advantage of lessons learned from some of its most successful schools.
(12.31.08) At Thales Academies, Affordability Buys Academic Excellence
RALEIGH — Carlene Sumner moved to Wake County from Utah in 2007 with high hopes for her sons’ educational prospects. Sumner had trouble with enrollment in the neighborhood public school, and she missed charter school deadlines. An offhand, but fortuitous, conversation with another parent finally led Sumner to Thales Academy.
(12.30.08) Their cheatin' hearts, our ethical failures
Parents shouldn't forget to look in the mirror when they're searching for someone to blame for teenage cheating.
(12.22.08) For Charter Schools in N.C., High Demand and Long Waits
RALEIGH — At Woods Charter School in Chapel Hill, educators emphasize “academics and the life of the mind,” according to Principal Harrell Rentz. Such intellectual pursuit has an equally potent, if less tangible, partner: school cohesion, shored up by a strong emphasis on community, and a “high level of parental involvement,” Rentz says.
(10.29.08) Old Drug War, New Enemy
A positive school culture can play an important role in keeping kids drug-free.
(8.28.08) Time to Leave This Law Behind
Education reform does not require top-down central planning from the federal government.
(6.26.08) Meeting a Special Need
When special needs children aren’t well-served by North Carolina’s K-12 public education system, what recourse do they have? Unfortunately, the answer has historically been “not much.” This year, a bipartisan, forward-thinking coalition of state lawmakers has set out to change that.
(6.19.08) Shooting Straight on the Graduation Rate
It’s that time of year again. This month marked the end of another academic year for students attending traditional public schools in North Carolina and the end of high school for seniors across the state. But in North Carolina, three out of every 10 ninth graders who begin high school never arrive at the graduation stage.
(6.19.08) “A Lifeline of Hope”
Tough times may be in store for the nation’s first federally-funded voucher program. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released its latest evaluation (.pdf) of Washington, DC’s Opportunity Scholarship Program.