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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
The NC Charter School Advisory Board will meet next week, November 15-16, to begin its review of new applications made by those hoping to open a charter school in 2018. The CSAB also has a number of other key agenda items on tap for next week. They include the...read more
Meredith Sawyer is an early childhood educator in Greensboro, North Carolina who has been teaching for more than a decade. But as she reflects on the last seven years as a transitional kindergarten teacher in a child care center that has the highest quality rating...read more
By the end of the 2016-17 academic year, North Carolina is on track to disburse roughly $24 million in taxpayer-funded school vouchers to thousands of families across the state who are using public dollars to attend private schools that are held to virtually no...read more
"There's a really strong idea that the South is just one thing. But if you've ever lived anywhere in the American South, then you know that it is more complicated than the stereotype of poorly educated people living in rural areas....It's a stereotype that does...read more
Charter school oversight board looks to grease the wheels for recommended applicants to get final approval
October’s meeting of the NC Charter Schools Advisory Board included a conversation that nearly resulted in the shutdown of a Raleigh charter school as well as a review of 32 charter schools looking to have their charters renewed for another 10 years. Members of the...read more
"East Durham is an area that has considerable social, economic, and health challenges. But we have to take a step back and emphasize how vibrant the area that we work in is. It's common for a lot of non-resident experts to start with the long laundry list of...read more
Thirty-eight non-profit boards submitted charter school applications to the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools last month---an uptick from last year’s 28 but still far fewer than the flood of applications that poured in during the years just after lawmakers...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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