charter schools

huntersville.org

An effort to give two Mecklenburg County towns authority to start their own charter schools could be expanding. Huntersville commissioners Monday evening will discuss House Bill 514, which currently applies only to Matthews and Mint Hill.  

Four new charter schools have been approved for the Charlotte area. They were among eight given the go-ahead at a meeting of the state Board of Education Thursday.  

Gwendolyn Glenn

Several members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board vowed to do whatever they can to defeat any legislation that would allow officials in the town of Matthews to create a charter school. House Bill 514 would do just that. School board members say the bill will lead to higher taxes in Matthews and increased segregation in CMS.

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Some CMS schools perform extremely well, while others struggle. The same is true with charter schools throughout the Charlotte area. But compared with CMS, charters received a lower rate of As and a higher rate of Fs on this year's school performance grades. 

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Crossroads and Kennedy charter schools in Charlotte will close at the end of this school year. The State Board of Education made that decision Thursday. The board also approved a revised annual report on charters after the Lieutenant Governor deemed it too negative last month. And board members hired a new director to oversee the office of charter schools.

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey.

Bonnie Cone Academy

A new charter school may be coming to Charlotte’s University area in the fall of 2017. This week Bonnie Cone Classical Academy got the recommendation of the state’s advisory group that vets charters. But it was a close vote.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Veritas charter school and the CMS school board have until December 10 to resolve a dispute over a building lease, or county commissioners will decide the issue. A recent revision of a state statute gives the commission that authority. At a special hearing Tuesday, Chairman Trevor Fuller let CMS and Veritas’ attorneys know he was upset the two parties couldn’t work it out and got the commission involved.

“We shouldn’t be in a position to mediate lawyers. We don’t have time for this,” Fuller said.

A number of controversial bills are before the North Carolina House today. They include stripping some key powers from municipalities and making school districts give more to charter schools. The House will reconvene at 7 o’clock Tuesday night. Joining All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to catch us up on what’s happened so far are WFAE’s Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf. 

Public Domain

The office that oversees charter schools in North Carolina will likely no longer report to the Department of Public Instruction, but a politically-elected board. The measure was passed by the House and Senate this week and awaits the governor’s signature.  

David T. Foster, III / Charlotte Observer

North Carolina’s education landscape looks different again this year as students prepare to head back to school.  The state now has 160 charters, including two new online charter schools.  These are public schools given more flexibility than traditional public schools. Also, the NC Supreme Court has given the go ahead to vouchers for private schools. 

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry. 

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