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Dozen charter schools proposed for Wake

Posted March 5, 2013

— The state Department of Public Instruction has received 70 applications from organizations proposing to open public charter schools next year, including a dozen in Wake County.

The glut of applications is the largest ever submitted in North Carolina since charter schools began operating in 1997, officials said.

"As the number of quality charter schools continues to grow in North Carolina, the Department of Public Instruction will continue to work closely with these new public schools to meet students' needs and boost academic achievement," State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said in a statement.

In addition to eight charter schools proposed in Raleigh, three were proposed in Wake Forest, and one was proposed in Cary.

Four others have been proposed for Durham, and seven others are scattered across the Triangle and Sandhills, from Mebane in the west to Henderson and Roanoke Rapids in the north to Clinton in the southeast.

Proposed schools go through a detailed review by state officials before the State Board of Education even considers granting them a charter. The board is expected to vote this week on 25 charters for schools hoping to open in August.

Currently, 107 public charter schools operate in North Carolina, serving nearly 50,000 students.

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  • tired2 Mar 6, 2013

    You guys all miss the point....the lazy way is to dump and run...the hard way is to contribute to making public schools successful...I know of an inner city Raleigh school that had among the the highest growth (will not explain how it works - if you don't know, then you need not to comment)of any school in the county.Hard work, technology, dedication. And with less parent involvement that any charter school.

  • indrdw Mar 6, 2013

    Private schools funded by the state for a few. The school works to raise funds but so do a lot of other schools.

  • weakened back Mar 6, 2013

    Charter schools are the future for parents who want their kids to get a good quality education. You never hear of police being called to them or the children attacking teachers.

  • westernwake1 Mar 6, 2013

    'Is there a link to see a list of these proposed schools' - thesquirrelyone

    The applications for the proposed charter schools for 2014/2015 can be found here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/applications/2014-15/

    The charter school application information for the 2013/2014 year can be found here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/applications/2013-14/

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 6, 2013

    My wife teach's at a charter school and the quality of education the students receive is much more hands on and personal than you would get in a traditional school. Also just for the record charter schools get a minimal amount of money from the state to operate on and the remaining monies are raised by the school hence the success of charter school's when you remove total government control.

    Thank you and I agree 100%. The charter school my kids go to is amazing. They do however expect parents to be heavily involved. What real parent wouldn't want to be invovled with their childrens education anyway? I think we all know the answer to that. The charter schools are great and you get a private school education without the outragous cost.

  • squirrels Mar 6, 2013

    Is there a link to see a list of these proposed schools?

  • for the people Mar 6, 2013

    if parents would do their job then our public school system would be so much improved. we need many more charter schools in wake county to combat the lack of parenting in our society.

    liberals always attack the republicans when it comes to public schools, crying for more and more money. we don't need a lot more money for schools, we need a lot more parents to actually parent.

  • Da Toy Maker Mar 6, 2013

    "...
    If you get a bunch of involved parents together, you would automatically expect their kids to succeed. That says more about the parents/kids though than teaching or management techniques at the school.
    bill0"

    Thank you bill0 for to the point!

    westernwake1:

    I don't think anyone would seriously dispute the results of Charter schools or private schools. It would be safe to predict results when comparing public schools vs Charter/private schools. As a result, the million dollar question should be:

    How do we get ALL parents involved? You could have the best teacher in the world but if she/he spends more time trying to get the class to calm down and sit still instead of teaching, we all know what will be the end result, right??

    With all being said, Charter schools are definitely the way to go: For the parents and kids who really want to learn and excel. For the ones that don't care, public schools. Works for me.

  • westernwake1 Mar 6, 2013

    "Charter schools.... choices beyond the public school monopoly with its high costs and mediocre results! We need more!!!!" - mep

    Across the board the charter schools in North Carolina spend less per student than public schools and the results are better. I posted the links below where you can look up the informaton.

  • bill0 Mar 6, 2013

    I support charter schools. The only problem with expanding them is that we don't have a good monitoring system in place as is and the congress just voted to gut what does exist.

    And really, you need to take the "success" with a grain of salt. Charter school kids are not a random sampling. Even if you adjust for race, income, etc you still don't get anything resembling a random sample. The reason should be clear to all. In order to get into a charter school, the parents have to be motivated and engaged enough to actually apply for their kids, drive them to school, pack their lunches etc.

    Parental involvement and educations expectations are the #1 predictor of student success. If you get a bunch of involved parents together, you would automatically expect their kids to succeed. That says more about the parents/kids though than teaching or management techniques at the school.

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