Thursday, December 20, 2012

Choice and charters

Once holiday shopping ebbs, some families start school shopping for 2013-14.  Charlotte Parent magazine has released its annual Education Guide,  which contains listings on private,  charter and district schools in the Charlotte region.  You can find it online or free in boxes around town.  State report cards offer more details about public schools.

The charter-school boom in North Carolina and the Charlotte region is creating some challenges this year.  The 25 new charters that got preliminary approval earlier this year  (including seven in or near Mecklenburg County)  won't get a final vote from the state Board of Education until March.  Eddie Goodall of the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association says that's creating problems because those schools can't admit students or sign contracts for staff or buildings until they're actually chartered.

Joel Medley of the N.C. Office of Charter Schools says next year the final charter vote will be moved up to January,  but yes,  the schools opening in 2013 do have to wait until March.  While the schools can't do formal admissions in January and February,  when the CMS magnet lottery and many private-school admissions are going on,  they can take letters of intent to apply.

There's another important twist for people hoping to open charters in fall 2014:  Applications are due March 1,  2013,  but there's a new requirement that prospective applicants must file a brief letter of intent by Jan. 4, 2013.  Miss that deadline,  and the application will be deferred for a year.

Medley says his office is still working on all the new requirements that are a spin-off from the General Assembly's decision to lift the cap on charters.  His advice:  If you're considering a charter school application,  keep monitoring the state web site for details.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cool

Anonymous said...

Its sad their are not more charter school choices in the Southern districts. Were more of the good kids live that are interested in education. Its really the model charter school student.

Anonymous said...

Get more thugs in the southern district and they'll approve more charter schools as an escape route.

Until then...

Anonymous said...

8:36 I really don't understand what you wrote; based on your lack of ability to use the proper words maybe you don't really live in the Southern District?

Anonymous said...

10:05 - I got a word not a phrase for you. I do live in the southern district 5 to be clear. I also produce about $150,000 in simple county property taxes annually. I also send my children to public schools and support them. If my keyboard sticks again why dont you come clean it for me ? I am busy paying for your needs !!

Anonymous said...

Good kids? How do you define good kids? Adam Lanza came from a neighborhood such as district 5. Would he be considered a good kid because of his neighborhood?

Anonymous said...

Using the wrong words and sentence fragments do not indicate a sticking keyboard. I "got" a word for you too: kitchen, as in "get back in the" and let your husband continue to bring in those $150,000 in property taxes.

Anonymous said...

good grief people..it is a given fact that charter schools tend to be in economically disavantaged neighborhoods, what's the big deal? I love the public schools in the Ballantyne area, so even if there were a charter here, I wouldn't even consider it. Same for magnets,see any in Ballantyne?

Anonymous said...

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, Davidson Community School, and Lake Norman Charter School all in disadvantaged neighborhoods? You need to do your homework instead of making blanket assumptions. You know what happens when you assume.

Anonymous said...

Opening the Doors of Perception...

You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day
Tried to run
Tried to hide
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side, yeah


So far, no problems with the "paywall"...

Anonymous said...

To 8:36 sitting on your high horse. You have more mistakes in 3 sentences than my 4th grader has in 3 paragraphs.

Then at 10:46 you appear to demonstrate poor math skills. If you produce $150,000 in property taxes, that would mean you have something like $12 million of property value.

If you're that rich and not sending your kids to private schools, you are simply a fool.

Anonymous said...

Dec 20 @ 9:01pm
Some fair points, but can't it be done in a civil manner?