Charter Schools

Education
10:13 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

UPDATE: After Shutdown Order, Carrboro Charter School Allowed To Stay Open

Credit Reema Khrais

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 Carrboro school’s charter.

WUNC reported on the status of the school earlier this year  in January and February

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Education
4:52 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Senate Bill Would Require Charter Schools To Disclose Salaries

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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.

The bill comes at a time when charter schools are thriving in North Carolina - 26 new schools are set to open in the fall.

Charter schools are run by private nonprofit boards, but get public money from the state. For that reason, lawmakers say charter schools should be bound by the same state public record laws as traditional schools.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Will PACE Academy Make The Grade? Charter Serving Special Needs Kids Could Shut Down

Teacher Caleb Smith is the lead Exceptional Childrens teacher and organizes the Occupational Course of Study instructional programming.
Reema Khrais

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.

“Just utter shock,” says Franklin:

We were shocked because we know what has happened within these walls in the last 10 years. We know the growth of our students.

The state’s Charter School Advisory Board unanimously recommended to the State Board of Education that it reject PACE Academy's application for a renewal of its 10-year charter.

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Business & Economy
5:56 am
Mon September 16, 2013

School Renovation Helps East Durham Revitalization

Self Help's Tucker Bartlett with Maureen Joy Charter School students at ribbon cutting on South Driver Street.
Credit Leoneda Inge

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.

But today, more than 100 years later, the old East Durham Graded School has been renovated in grand style.  The project is getting a lot of attention and economic developers and neighbors hope it’s the spark that will keep community revitalization going.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

North Carolina Charter School Expansion

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  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. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt about the changes in the charter school movement and the ways the state regulates these independent institutions.

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Education
4:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Online Charter Case Back In Court

The case pits K12 Inc. against the North Carolina Board of Education.
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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.

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Education
9:05 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Arapahoe, Other Charters, One Step Closer To Expansion

Arapahoe Charter School
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

Language was changed in HB 250 earlier this month that included the one-grade expansion provision without much warning. It cleared both the Senate and the House yesterday.

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Education
12:38 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Bill Changes Charter School Expansion

Under a bill approved by the NC Senate, Arapahoe Charter School and others would be allowed to expand.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Charter schools in North Carolina may soon be able to expand without getting approval from the State Board of Education. 

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Education
5:01 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Tipping Point: Arapahoe Charter, Pamlico Schools, And ‘Choice’ In Rural NC

Arapahoe Charter School in Pamlico County.
Credit Dave DeWitt

This is a story about choice. And it starts in the lunch line at Arapahoe Charter School in Pamlico County when students choose between pizza and french fries.

And while that choice may seem easy to make, the choice to offer it is a little more complicated.

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.

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Education
5:26 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Proposed Board Splits Charter Advocates

A bill to create a new Charter School Board has passed the State Senate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

“One of the fundamental reasons for introducing charter schools is to put an element of competition into the education arena and let parents make the choice,” says Baker Mitchell. Mitchell opened his first charter school in 2000 outside of Wilmington and a second six years later; he has a third opening this fall.

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