charter en Charter School To Close; CMS Hustles To Accomodate Students <p>StudentFirst charter school in West Charlotte is closing its doors next week due to financial problems. That means CMS will have to find room for most of their 260 students to finish out the year and the school district won’t get reimbursed for that expense.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:01:26 +0000 Lisa Miller 48353 at Charter School To Close; CMS Hustles To Accomodate Students NC Court Of Appeals Rules Online Charter's Application Doesn't Stand <p>The North Carolina Court of Appeals says a group wanting to open an online charter school in the state will have to apply again.&nbsp; The group backed by the for-profit virtual charter operator K12 argued the state should have allowed it to open last year.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:45:58 +0000 Lisa Miller 40385 at 170 Groups Want To Open NC Charter Schools In 2015 <p>North Carolina has received notices from <a href="">170 groups</a> that want to open charter schools in 2015.&nbsp; Forty-three of those schools are planned for Mecklenburg and 18 more for neighboring counties.&nbsp; Two years ago, the state lifted its cap on charter schools.&nbsp; This year 156 groups said they planned to apply, but only 70 ended up submitting applications and ultimately just 26 were approved.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:20:48 +0000 Lisa Miller 34963 at NC School Board Extends Master's Pay Cut-Off; Approves New Charters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Teachers in North Carolina now have until May to complete their master’s and still receive a 10 percent pay increase.&nbsp; State lawmakers eliminated that automatic salary bump starting next school year.&nbsp; The state board of education Thursday extended the cutoff date from April to May, so that teachers can use the spring semester to complete their degrees.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:10:35 +0000 Lisa Miller 34717 at NC School Board Extends Master's Pay Cut-Off; Approves New Charters Charter School Bill Passes Senate Committee <p>A bill that creates a new board to oversee charter schools is moving forward.&nbsp; The Senate Education Committee approved it Wednesday.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Jerry Tillman of Randolph County wants to create a new board specifically to monitor charter schools and vet applications for new ones.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:26:21 +0000 Lisa Miller 24572 at Bill Would Change Oversight And Application Process Of Charter Schools <p>North Carolina has 107 charter schools and dozens more are looking to open in the next couple of years.&nbsp; State lawmakers today are considering a bill that would change the application process and oversight of these schools.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:54:41 +0000 Lisa Miller 24494 at Critic Of Charter Schools Speaks At UNCC <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A prominent critic of charter schools, standardized testing, and private influence on education spoke at </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charlotte Wednesday evening. </span>UNCC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> paid Diane </span>Ravitch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> $20,000 to appear at the campus’ McKnight Auditorium in front of about 100 teachers, students, and community activists.</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:14:27 +0000 Ben Bradford 23705 at Critic Of Charter Schools Speaks At UNCC Jump In Applications To Open Charter Schools Presents Challenges <p>The number of applications to open charter schools has jumped significantly since the charter school cap was lifted in 2011.&nbsp; There used to be a couple dozen applications per year.&nbsp; This year 156 groups plan to apply and that means a whole lot of work for the people who review them.&nbsp;</p><p>Joel Medley is in charge of the office that oversees all of the state’s charter schools.&nbsp; This year, he expected to hear from a lot of groups wanting to open schools, but not quite this many.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:12:52 +0000 Lisa Miller 21308 at Kennedy Charter Has Another Chance <p>The state advisory council which monitors charter schools has decided to give Kennedy Charter in south Charlotte another chance, despite the school’s low test scores.&nbsp; That decision hinges on a plan to move the school to the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.&nbsp;</p><p align="left">Every few years, charter schools in North Carolina have to go before a group of charter school administrators, board members, and educators.&nbsp; They have to make their case for why they should be allowed to continue to operate.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 22:05:11 +0000 Lisa Miller 17409 at Why One Charter School Failed <p><em>This is the second in a two-part series that takes a closer look at the charter school movement.</em></p><p>North Carolina will soon see a rush of charter schools opening.&nbsp; Last year, state lawmakers lifted the cap that only allowed 100 schools.&nbsp; Twenty-five more charter schools are scheduled to open next year.&nbsp; But this year, for the first time, the state closed a charter school for academic reasons.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:11:07 +0000 Lisa Miller 7415 at Why One Charter School Failed