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Employee of state’s largest recipient of school voucher funds accused of embezzling nearly $400,000 in public tax dollars
The athletic director of a private religious school that has received the most publicly-funded school vouchers in the state of North Carolina was arrested this week on charges of embezzling from the school nearly $400,000 in public tax dollars, the Fayetteville...read more
Fired principal of Rocky Mount charter school sues board, alleges alteration of student transcripts and inflated student enrollment numbers
The Rocky Mount Telegram reported this weekend that the fired principal of Rocky Mount’s North East Carolina Prep School has sued the school’s non-profit board of directors, arguing that his dismissal came as retaliation for trying to “clean house” and correcting...read more
Top administrators for the state's two virtual charter schools boasted 2016-17 student withdrawal rates that are a fraction of what they were in the previous year, largely due to recent legislative changes that allow the schools to remove from the equation many...read more
We are currently accepting applications for our 2017-18 Fletcher Fellow! Our team is looking for a recent college graduate who is interested in working in the nonprofit sector, and will graduate this May with a degree in one of the social sciences (specifically...read more
Private Christian schools receiving taxpayer-funded school vouchers continue to exclude students on the basis of religion and sexual identity
A review of the student handbooks of several private Christian schools in North Carolina that receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded school vouchers finds that attendance at these schools is limited to families who believe in Jesus Christ;...read more
What kinds of checks and balances are in place to ensure traditional public schools don’t hand out faulty diplomas?
Part II As I discussed earlier this week, Kestrel Heights Charter School in Durham handed out 160 unearned diplomas between 2008-2016, which not only raises grave concerns about how this could have happened at one school---but whether or not this could be happening at...read more
A Durham charter school gave out more than 150 unearned diplomas over eight years.
What does this say about transparency and accountability for North Carolina’s fast-growing charter school movement?
Part I Following a lengthy internal report conducted by school officials at Durham’s Kestrel Heights Charter School, which found that 40 percent of the high school diplomas Kestrel awarded to students since 2008 were unearned, the state advisory board charged with...read more
When you work at a philanthropic foundation, a lot of information comes across your screen. Pitches for funding, invitations to events, newsletters, action alerts, etc. It’s a lot. Sometimes too much. Couple that with the explosion of news sites (and fake news sites),...read more
We are excited to announce our latest grant recipients. In December, The Fletcher Foundation Board of Directors voted to approve grants to seven nonprofit organizations, totaling $575,000, including multi-year grants. These partnerships demonstrate our strong...read more
A common refrain I hear in the course of my reporting and writing about school vouchers --- a program that is set to take a large bite out of our public coffers in North Carolina in the months and years ahead --- is that at the end of the day, it’s the parents who...read more
[perfectpullquote align="full" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""] "Kindness, like breathing, must be constant in order for it to be meaningful." -Van Nolintha [/perfectpullquote] For more than two years now, we've brought you Conversations at...read more
Charter industry CEO’s campaign contribution closely timed to state lawmaker’s pitch for new charter school
When Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincolnton) stood before members of the NC Charter School Advisory Board earlier this month to pitch a new charter school that would be located in his legislative district of Lincoln County, he told the oversight body that he has a unique...read more
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Guided by the belief that our community can prosper only if every member of it has an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive, AJF works with visionary leaders and organizations working to make our state better. We are passionate and honored to work alongside those on the front lines of our most pressing challenges.
In the 1930’s, A.J. Fletcher, a lawyer, decided to foray into a new arena – broadcasting. In his history as a business owner, he had a reputation for doing the things that had not been done before. A.J. Fletcher’s enthusiasm for breaking new ground continues at Fletcher Foundation today. We strive to be a leader and inspire others to use innovation and technology to achieve social change and progress.
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