charter schools

Education
8:54 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Morrison Wants CMS To Collaborate With Private And Charter Schools

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, private and charter schools don’t have much of a history of working together.  But CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison wants that to change. 

A few weeks ago, Charlotte Catholic High School principal Jerry Healy got an invitation from CMS.  The district wanted to meet with private and charter schools to talk about ways to collaborate.  He was surprised.  

“The agendas don’t seem to really match and in the past we’ve probably been looked on as the adversary, the people that are pulling our kids away,” says Healy. 

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Education
5:05 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Kennedy Charter Has Another Chance

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.  That decision hinges on a plan to move the school to the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. 

Every few years, charter schools in North Carolina have to go before a group of charter school administrators, board members, and educators.  They have to make their case for why they should be allowed to continue to operate. 

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Education
6:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Charter Advocate Pushes School Closures, More Rigorous Selection

We’ve heard a lot of success stories from charter school advocates as they’ve tried to gain support for them. But not all charter schools provide a good education and a leading charter school advocate is the first to admit that. In fact, he’s now pushing for states to close more charter schools. Greg Richmond is the director of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He says up to 1,300 charter schools in the country are failing their students, including a few in North Carolina.

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Education
5:41 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

A Look At Charter Schools In NC

This week on Morning Edition, WFAE’s Lisa Miller took a look at the charter school movement. We will be seeing a lot more of those because the legislature has lifted a cap that had limited the state to 100 charter schools. Now, 25 are getting ready to open next year. Seven of them are in the Charlotte area.

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Education
11:11 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Why One Charter School Failed

Office of Charter Schools letter to Highland Charter

This is the second in a two-part series that takes a closer look at the charter school movement.

North Carolina will soon see a rush of charter schools opening.  Last year, state lawmakers lifted the cap that only allowed 100 schools.  Twenty-five more charter schools are scheduled to open next year.  But this year, for the first time, the state closed a charter school for academic reasons.  

That school was Highland Charter, an elementary school in Gastonia.  Kids there failed to make the grade on end-of-year tests two years in a row. 

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Education
6:41 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

What It Takes To Open A Charter School

Linda Cruz
Lisa Miller

This is the first in a two-part series that takes a closer look at the charter school movement

Big changes are underway for charter schools in North Carolina.  Last year state lawmakers lifted the 100 school cap.  And now 25 groups are scrambling to open charters in time for next school year.  Seven are in the Charlotte area.  That same law made it easier to close a charter school by requiring they meet certain academic standards.  The state closed one charter this summer and more could close next year.  

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Charter Schools Seek Lottery Money
12:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2006

Charter Schools Seek Lottery Money

(1/19/06) The charter school lobby group, North Carolina Students for Equitable Lottery Funding held concurrent news conferences yesterday seeking a piece of the state's lottery revenues. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Todd Havican who's a member of the executive committee of NC SELF.

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