charter schools

Charlotte Observer
11:10 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Cotham: New Senate Bill Shields Salaries Of For-profit Charter School Staff

Cotham
Credit N.C. General Assembly

Conflict over disclosure of charter-school salaries flared anew Thursday as House Democrats said a Senate-approved bill shields for-profit management companies from revealing who they hire and how much they pay.

In a Thursday evening news conference, Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg, led the call for the public and Gov. Pat McCrory to fight a move that she says blocks accountability and transparency at charter schools, which are run by nonprofit boards and funded with public money.

“It’s a simple principle: The public should know where public money is going,” she said.

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Local News
6:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Lawmakers Tell Board That Reviews Charters To Change Its Mindset

At this charter advisory board's first meeting last year, they discuss criteria to use to review charter applications.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Groups that want to open charter schools in North Carolina are reviewed by a board largely consisting of people who operate charters. That board was put in place to weed out the bad applications from the good. But it has been taking some heat lately. Some lawmakers think it may be doing too zealous a job partly because it only recommended a few charters this year. 

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

One Rejected Charter Applicant Granted Second Chance

One group whose application to open a charter school in Eastern North Carolina was initially rejected will get a second shot. The state’s charter school advisory council decided Ignite Innovation should advance to the interview round with its proposal for a school in Pitt County in eastern North Carolina.  The group was the only one of 29 previously rejected applicants that the advisory council agreed to give a second chance.   The state board of education last month told the council they needed to give groups a chance to clarify their applications.

Charlotte Observer
11:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

State Official: Disclose Charter Salaries Or Face Penalty

North Carolina’s top charter official warned schools Thursday that they could lose their charters, which authorize them to get public money, if they refuse to comply with public records requests for salaries.

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Charlotte Observer
5:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

NC Education Officials: Charter Schools Must Disclose Salaries

North Carolina’s top education officials now say charter schools must publicly reveal salaries, reversing a March announcement that the independent public schools are exempt from that requirement.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

CMS And Charter Schools

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

If you’ve been following public education in recent years, it almost seems as if the system is under siege.  That’s certainly the case locally.  CMS recently told county commissioners that they would likely lose $80 million to charter schools this year – an amount that cannot be made up with cuts in overhead.  And teacher pay continues to be a big issue.  We get an update on all this from Superintendent Heath Morrison and state school board member John Tate.

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WFAE Talks
2:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

WFAE Talks Cannon and The Daily Show, Political B-Roll, A Failed Charter School

Tom Bullock steps in for Ben Bradford on this week's show. Greg, Lisa and Tom discuss the race for Charlotte mayor and Patrick Cannon's recognition on the The Daily Show. Plus, the production assist that some candidates are giving third-party interest groups, and a charter school in Charlotte that shuts down before the school year ends.

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Local News
9:31 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Why For Every Dollar CMS Pays Charters, It Can't Make The Same Cut

Mecklenburg County commissioners got a crash course Tuesday in how charter schools are funded.  They heard CMS will likely lose more than $80 million dollars to local charter schools next year.  But if CMS no longer has the expense of educating those students, why is that chalked up as a loss for the district? 


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WFAE Talks
2:53 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WFAE Talks Charter School Secrecy, Duke's Continuing Coal Ash Woes, CPCC's Federal Loan Decision

Welcome to the 10th edition of WFAE Talks, our weekly podcast in which WFAE News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss stories in the news and how they're covered. They also delve into general office banter.

This week, they discuss Duke Energy's continuing coal ash problems, an interpretation of state law that says charter schools don't have to reveal how much teachers are paid, and Central Piedmont Community College's decision to pull out of a federal loan program.

WFAE Talks, episode #10. Recorded 03/21/14.

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Update

There is a lot going on with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, to say the least. The state will open 11 new charter schools in August and 26 next year. There’s a new reading law and many third graders in the state may have to go to summer reading camps. Union County is looking to redistrict hundreds of students. Common Core standards and digital learning are transforming what kids learn and how they learn it. State's school report cards are due for release this week, and CMS has yet to release its long-promised school data reports. And much more. Two of the city’s education reporters join us to share updates on everything going on with CMS.

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