NC Charter Schools

Politics & Government
8:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Discrimination Of LGBT Students Not Specifically Prohibited In Proposed Law

Credit Thomas Favre Bulle via Flickr

The state House of Representatives has sent Gov. Pat McCrory a bill updating laws on charter schools.  This comes over the objections of Democrats who asked that LGBT students be specifically protected from discrimination.

Democrats asked that Senate Bill 793 include a provision preventing charter schools, which are run by private companies with tax-payer money, from barring the admission of students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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Education
4:48 am
Wed February 26, 2014

When A School And A Marriage Are The Same Thing

Carice Sanchez counsels a student at Henderson Collegiate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

For many, teaching is a calling. For others, like Eric and Carice Sanchez, it’s something a little more than that.

“It’s during the honeymoon during the early morning, getting up and checking to make sure the loan went through,” said Eric Sanchez, the co-founder and school leader at Henderson Collegiate. “But I guess those are the funny pieces that add to the story and add to the merger of a school and a relationship.”

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Education
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

NC Board Of Ed Calls Two Schools ‘Not High-Quality,’ Doesn’t Renew Their Charters

The State Board of Education voted to not renew PACE Academy's charter for another year after finding issues of noncompliance and accountability. Leaders of the school, however, intend to appeal the decision.
Credit Reema Khrais

Citing poor performance and compliance problems, the State Board of Education voted to not renew the charters of two schools in Carrboro and Morehead City.

The state’s Charter School Advisory Board recommended to the Board of Education in December to terminate the charters held by PACE Academy and Coastal Academy for Technology and Science.

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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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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Teachers React To State Of Education

  In the wake of the most recent General Assembly session, some teachers across the state are expressing concern about policies that affect the classroom, like voucher programs and budgetary restraints.

Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Reporter Dave Dewitt; Wilmington Star-News education reporter Pressley Baird; and Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston.

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Education
7:26 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Eight N.C. Schools Up for Charter Renewals

N.C. schools with charter terms coming to an end go through a renewal process that involves a review of their governance, fiscal history and academics.
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Eight North Carolina charter schools are up for consideration for 2014 renewals.

Representatives of the schools will present in front of the newly formed Charter School Advisory Board today and Tuesday to address concerns that the board might have regarding the schools' fulfillment of academic and fiscal standards.

In North Carolina, public charter schools must seek renewals every ten years, though some receive shorter terms because of compliance problems.

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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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