Charter Schools http://wunc.org en UPDATE: After Shutdown Order, Carrboro Charter School Allowed To Stay Open http://wunc.org/post/update-after-shutdown-order-carrboro-charter-school-allowed-stay-open <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials have agreed to grant a three-year renewal to PACE Academy’s charter, months after the State Board of Education voted to terminate the </span>Carrboro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> school’s charter.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:13:23 +0000 Reema Khrais 38073 at http://wunc.org UPDATE: After Shutdown Order, Carrboro Charter School Allowed To Stay Open Senate Bill Would Require Charter Schools To Disclose Salaries http://wunc.org/post/senate-bill-would-require-charter-schools-disclose-salaries <p></p><p>A Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that makes certain that charter schools are subject to the same public records and open meetings laws as traditional public schools.</p><p>The bill comes at a time when charter schools are thriving in North Carolina - 26 new schools are set to open in the fall.</p><p>Charter schools are run by private nonprofit boards, but get public money from the state.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">For that reason, lawmakers say charter schools should be bound by the same state public record laws as traditional schools. </span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:52:05 +0000 Reema Khrais 37109 at http://wunc.org Senate Bill Would Require Charter Schools To Disclose Salaries Will PACE Academy Make The Grade? Charter Serving Special Needs Kids Could Shut Down http://wunc.org/post/will-pace-academy-make-grade-charter-serving-special-needs-kids-could-shut-down <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When founders Jane Miller and Rhonda Franklin got the news that their charter school may not be around next year, they were overcome with the same feeling.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Just utter shock,” says Franklin:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We were shocked because we know what has happened within these walls in the last 10 years. We know the growth of our students.</span></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Reema Khrais 29160 at http://wunc.org Will PACE Academy Make The Grade? Charter Serving Special Needs Kids Could Shut Down School Renovation Helps East Durham Revitalization http://wunc.org/post/school-renovation-helps-east-durham-revitalization <p></p><p></p><p>There’s a section of East Durham undergoing major revitalization, and in the middle of it all is the oldest existing school building in the city.</p><p>But today, more than 100 years later, the old <a href="http://www.opendurham.org/buildings/east-durham-graded-school-ye-smith-school">East Durham Graded School</a> has been renovated in grand style.&nbsp; The project is getting a lot of attention and economic developers and neighbors hope it’s the spark that will keep community revitalization going.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:56:57 +0000 Leoneda Inge 22524 at http://wunc.org School Renovation Helps East Durham Revitalization North Carolina Charter School Expansion http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-charter-school-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Next year, 26 new charter schools will open their doors to students in North Carolina. An additional 170 groups filed initial applications to open charter schools in 2015. The growth comes on the heels of legislature eliminating the 100 charter school cap and voting to form a new advisory board to consider charter school applications. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:23:44 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 22385 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Charter School Expansion Online Charter Case Back In Court http://wunc.org/post/online-charter-case-back-court <p>The North Carolina Court of Appeals will hear arguments today in a case that pits a for-profit education company against the State Board of Education. At issue is how the board considered an online charter school application.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 20705 at http://wunc.org Online Charter Case Back In Court Arapahoe, Other Charters, One Step Closer To Expansion http://wunc.org/post/arapahoe-other-charters-one-step-closer-expansion <p>Arapahoe Charter School - and others across the state - will soon be able to grow by one grade per year without seeking approval from the State Board of Education.</p><p>Language was changed in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=h250">HB 250</a> earlier this month that included the one-grade expansion provision without much warning. It cleared both the Senate and the House yesterday.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:05:03 +0000 Dave DeWitt 19111 at http://wunc.org Arapahoe, Other Charters, One Step Closer To Expansion Bill Changes Charter School Expansion http://wunc.org/post/bill-changes-charter-school-expansion <p>Charter schools in North Carolina may soon be able to expand without getting approval from the State Board of Education.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:38:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 18406 at http://wunc.org Bill Changes Charter School Expansion The Tipping Point: Arapahoe Charter, Pamlico Schools, And ‘Choice’ In Rural NC http://wunc.org/post/tipping-point-arapahoe-charter-pamlico-schools-and-choice-rural-nc <p>This is a story about choice. And it starts in the lunch line at <a href="http://www.arapahoecharter.org/">Arapahoe Charter School in Pamlico County</a> when students choose between pizza and french fries.</p><p>And while that choice may seem easy to make, the choice to offer it is a little more complicated.</p><p>Charter schools aren’t required to offer meals, even to kids who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. But Arapahoe does – and sixty percent of the students here qualify.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 09:01:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 15809 at http://wunc.org The Tipping Point: Arapahoe Charter, Pamlico Schools, And ‘Choice’ In Rural NC Proposed Board Splits Charter Advocates http://wunc.org/post/proposed-board-splits-charter-advocates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charter schools have been around in North Carolina for about a decade and a half, and for most of that time, the relationship between charters and traditional public schools has alternated between frosty and hostile.</span></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 09:26:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 15666 at http://wunc.org Proposed Board Splits Charter Advocates