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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
In an update to the Charter Schools Advisory Board on Thursday, the federal policy director at the state’s Department of Public Instruction said that North Carolina’s new A-F school grading system does not align with federal regulations under the new Every Student...read more
School privatization group launches web app that relies on A-F school grades to direct families to charter and private schools
A Raleigh-based advocacy group that is a big supporter of the state’s new school voucher program as well as charter schools launched a web application this week that relies on the state’s controversial A-F school grading system to provide information to families about...read more
I've never been very good at networking. And as someone who usually enjoys meeting new people, I've had a hard time understanding why. It's certainly not for lack of experience. As a college student, I went to more career fairs than I could count. I knew how to...read more
Since 2014, WNCN reports that $342,048 worth of publicly-funded school vouchers have been funneled to private schools that are now closed. The dollars — steered through the state’s Opportunity Scholarship voucher program since its 2014 inception — were intended to...read more
Students at one of the state’s two brand new virtual charter schools are dropping out at a rate that exceeds the maximum allowed by state law, according to a report authored by the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools. North Carolina Connections Academy, a virtual...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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