Tag:charter schools

  • Poll: Support for school choice spans partisan, racial lines

    School choice doesn’t have to be a partisan issue, and a new study suggests it most certainly is not. Eighty-one percent of North Carolinians agree that parents should have a say as to where their child attends school, the Civitas Institute, a conservative advocacy group based in Raleigh, says…

  • Atkinson, in interview, takes aim at school choice

    June Atkinson is taking an open stand against Republican legislators and their school-choice agenda. Atkinson worked hard for 12 years to keep a nonpartisan image during her time as North Carolina’s superintendent of schools. Now that her office at the Department of Public Instruction belongs to…

  • Bill would give charters access to some state transportation money

    If passed, House Bill 10 would require the N.C. Department of Transportation to maintain and repair roads, driveways, and entrances leading from public roads to all K-12 schools, including roads to and from free-standing public charter schools and their expansion buildings. Republicans Reps. John Torbett, Gaston, and Paul Stam,…

  • Charter school advocacy groups merging

    The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association soon will consolidate to form the North Carolina Association of Public Charter Schools, the new organization announced last week. Plans for the merger were finalized on Oct. 6 at a joint board meeting of…

  • School choice growth in N.C. impressive

    There are many reasons for North Carolinians to be proud of the statewide education reforms implemented over the last five years. The state has made massive investments in K-12 education with a focus on grade-level proficiency in reading. Accountability is stronger. We pay teachers better. School districts have unprecedented budgetary…

  • Black charter school operators worry about new state regs

    Some North Carolina charter school operators feel that state officials are “nitpicking” and piling on regulations, actions that not only hamper their ability to operate their schools but also counter many of the purposes of charter schools. “We’re supposed to be innovative and creative in order to make things happen,”…

  • Charter School ‘Clean-Up’ Bill Passes Senate

    UPDATE: House Bill 242 was ratified Tuesday afternoon by the Senate. The state Senate on Monday gave its initial approval to what Sen. Jerry Tillman called a “clean-up bill” for charter schools. “It’s a bill to streamline regulations regarding charter schools, the fast replication of them,” said Tillman, R-Randolph. Currently,…

  • School Choice Is Now Mainstream

    Roughly speaking, about a quarter of North Carolina’s K-12 students attend a school of choice. That includes private schools, home schools, charter schools, and open-enrollment schools.