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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interact with undergraduate and doctoral students at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education
The state Senate on Monday gave its initial approval to what Sen. Jerry Tillman called a "clean-up bill" for charter schools
According to a report (PDF) published by the NC Department of Public Instruction, 79,575, or 5.2 percent, of North Carolina's public school students attend a charter school in North Carolina this year.
Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) were among a bipartisan group of 28 senators to commemorate the 17th annual National Charter Schools Week, which lasts May 1 through May 7
Recently, there has been a significant amount of media coverage surrounding public charter schools. In his latest video, Lt. Governor Dan Forest dispels many of the myths perpetuated by those against school choice.
As North Carolina nears the 20th anniversary of the law that opened the door to public charter schools in the state, 82,000 students are enrolled now in charter schools
The truth is that education school enrollment is dropping nationwide. According to the latest Title II reports published by the U.S. Department of Education, there was a 30 percent drop in education school enrollment between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years. Nearly 110,000 fewer students...
An advocacy group has raised concerns about a nine-month old law that they say places an undue financial hardship on some charter schools.
House Minority Leader Larry Hall's bill imposing new financial accountability measures on charter schools is regulatory overkill that will hinder the schools' operation, critics warn.
Governor McCrory issued the following statement after the release of the State Board of Education's 2013-2014 School Performance Grades for traditional public and charter schools.
This is National School Choice Week and there are many reasons to celebrate this modest but important idea. School choice is based on a simple truth: Parents know their children better than anyone else. As such, parents - not the government - should control their children's education and where...
Her son has yet to turn 3, but Kamala Massey of Raleigh already is exploring alternatives to traditional public schools as she determines what's in his best educational interest.
State Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, is working with charter school operators and advocates on legislation proponents say would restore millions of dollars to charter schools previously stripped away by Democrats "in the dark of night" to benefit traditional public schools.
Some members of the Wake County Board of Education have joined the list of education policymakers hoping to find the same flexibility for traditional public schools that charter schools enjoy, though some school choice supporters are suspicious of the board members' motives.
The N.C. Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the state's fledgling Opportunity Scholarship Program, bypassing the Court of Appeals.
One would think that the process of comparing and reporting test scores would be a straightforward matter. In North Carolina, state standardized testing is anything but straightforward.
I have numerous pieces of legislation, including the state budget, on my radar, but here are a few key ones.
McDowell County Commissioner Michael Lavender is used to running campaigns after 12 years on the board, but his current run for state Senate against incumbent Ralph Hise is a little more complicated.
A crowded field is squaring off in the N.C. House District 58 race. Incumbent Rep. Alma Adams is making a run for the 12th District Congressional seat formerly held by U.S. Rep. Mel Watt. District 58 covers Guilford County's midsection, including much of Greensboro.
Last week the State Board of Education gave final approval to 26 new charter schools in North Carolina. The new schools are scheduled to open this fall.
Of the 26 new public charter schools given preliminary approval to open in fall 2014, two were spearheaded by the Accelerator Program operated by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina.
School choice advocates won several high-profile battles this year over bills to expand and strengthen the charter school movement and to award private school vouchers to students struggling in public schools.
A small change in a North Carolina law affecting charter schools could have a major impact on teacher education in North Carolina.
Amid pushback from charter schools and concerns about violations of constitutional separation of powers, a Senate bill creating an independent public...
A bill to create an independent Public Charter Schools Board represents an unprecedented attempt to supplant the power of the State Board of Education...
A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill creating the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Board, shifting oversight of the state's expanding number of charter schools away from the State Board of Education.
It's absolutely refreshing to hear an elected official championing the supremacy of the free market over the iron-fist of the bureaucracy.
Even though lawmakers removed the cap of 100 charter schools nearly two years ago, the bulk of the nontraditional public schools remain in a cluster of metropolitan counties.
Potential charter school operators, including two that would operate online, flooded the state with 154 letters of intent to open in fall 2014, punctuating a growing appetite for alternatives to traditional public education.
Virtual charter schools and other distance-learning options would be unshackled from the legal-political bind in which they remain idled if Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Forest has his way.
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that have more freedom than district-run public schools, but are required to meet certain state regulations, such as participation in the accountability program, the ABCs of Public Education.
Among the statewide races to be decided this fall is State Superintendent of Public Instruction. June Atkinson has held the position since August 2005, and is the Democratic nominee for the office.
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