Education

Lisa Worf / WFAE

The number of applications to open charter schools in North Carolina is significantly down from past years. The state received forty applications from groups wanting to open schools in the fall of 2016. Nearly half of them are for schools in the Charlotte area. 

Courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS has had to make room for 3,300 more students than what the state projected the district would have. The opening of eleven charter schools in the area has complicated the process of coming up with enrollment numbers. CMS projections were closer to the mark, but still a ways off. 


A brand new charter school that opened in Charlotte on August 25 is shutting down. State officials sent Concrete Roses STEM Academy a letter this week placing the school on what the state calls Financial Disciplinary Status. The school's board voted Wednesday night to close the charter program as of Friday. This fall's enrollment of 126 students at Concrete Roses, located off Monroe Road, was far below the 300 students organizers had projected. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Helen Nance, who chairs North Carolina's Charter School Advisory Board, about the closure of Concrete Roses and the oversight of the state's charter schools.


Parents Say Charter School Closing Was Short Notice

Sep 19, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Friday was the last day of school for about 120 students at a charter school in east Charlotte. It's closing its doors less than three weeks after opening because of financial troubles. Parents will now have to figure out where to send their children next week.


Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

A Charlotte charter school is closing its doors less than three weeks after opening, leaving 126 students to find a new school.

Parents of students at Concrete Roses STEM Academy got their first hint of trouble earlier this week.

"Everybody got the same call or e-mail that there was an emergency board meeting," says Shirley Brooks.

Her granddaughter, Taylor, is a fourth-grader at the K-12 school, which closes Friday.

"I had no idea that this could happen on a new school like this. I had no idea," Brooks says.

The State Of Public Education

Sep 16, 2014

As the new school year gets underway, this community forum explored the changing climate for public education in the Charlotte region. Panelists addressed recent moves to raise teacher pay and discussed the future of student achievement standards and Common Core guidelines. The forum also examined the role of charter schools, their successes and challenges to date in the Charlotte area, and the outlook for charter programs.

Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system is still in the process of reviewing its discipline policies to determine why minority students are far more likely to get suspended.

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, African-American students are 5.5 times more likely than white students to receive out-of-school suspensions. Hispanic students are 2.6 more likely to get suspended. Students with disabilities also get suspended at a higher rate. 

That’s all according to a report CMS staff and various community agencies presented to the school board in April.

Michael Tomsic

This week, WFAE has been exploring the cost of the UNC system for in-state students and universities. Wednesday, we explained how the tuition check you pay doesn’t just support you or your child. It also goes to other students in the form of financial aid. 

This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC system for students and universities. Tuesday, we explained how the state constitution specifies that public higher education should be as free as practicable for North Carolina residents. Today, we explain where the money goes after students and parents write tuition checks. Here's a hint: you don't pay for what you get.

Tom Bullock

North Carolina’s state constitution says the price of higher education should be free.

Well, sort of: it says the UNC system should be as free as practicable.

That leaves a lot to interpretation. So what does “free as practicable” actually mean for North Carolina residents? This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC System to students and universities.  We'll explain where the money goes when students and parents write that tuition check, and we'll analyze how much it actually costs to educate different students.

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