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Old 03-09-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County
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It's registration time again, and I am wondering what is the difference?
Does the charter school report to the local board of ed?
Is there a philosophical difference between a charter school and public schools?
Is there more of a one-on-one attentiveness difference?
Any insight would be great.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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From: US Charter Schools Overview Page
Charter schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The "charter" establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. The length of time for which charters are granted varies, but most are granted for 3-5 years. At the end of the term, the entity granting the charter may renew the school's contract. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor-- usually a state or local school board-- to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them.


There's more on the link. The class size is also smaller.
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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As mentioned in the great link the PP posted, charter schools are expected to innovative and offer a choice. They have a mission statement that defines their intent. Some charters in the Charlotte area are;
KIPP, which targets at risk children
Socrates, a Greek Immersion program
Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy is for the highly gifted
Carolina International is international program with a green emphasis
Community School of Davidson has a more general purpose but does encourage strong parental participation

There is a cap of 100 charter schools in NC. I wish they would raise that number. As a whole, they have performed well. The ones that are not, can have their charter revoked.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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Default charter school lottery

My daughter is on the lottery list for a charter school k-5th, So at 6th grade I have to start the lottery list all over again? What if she can't get into the charter school we want? I know siblings have weight but how about currently enrolled charter students?
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Old 03-25-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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In NC it basically means public school, paid for by the same state funding, but not under control of the local school board or administration. There are several charter schools in Mecklenburg and none are part of CMS. For example Lake Norman Charter School isn't subject to CMS sending their bad and troublesome students to this school as the other schools are in the area.

Obviously school bureaucrats and administrators don't like this kind of competition for public education funds so in NC, there is currently a limit of 100 charter schools, total, for the entire state. There is a funding grant available to NC at the moment for a significant amount of money that is coming from the federal government, but it has the condition that caps on charter schools be lifted. As you can probably guess the entire school establishment in the state is fighting tooth and nail to stop the legislature from taking the money. Kinda lets you know where their priorities stand.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:05 PM
 
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In NC it basically means public school, paid for by the same state funding, but not under control of the local school board or administration. There are several charter schools in Mecklenburg and none are part of CMS. For example Lake Norman Charter School isn't subject to CMS sending their bad and troublesome students to this school as the other schools are in the area.
The "troublesome" students probably wouldn't be so bad if CMS really cared about them instead of integrating them into "rich schools" so CMS can say they are providing them with a good education.

In reality, CMS "segregates" these poor students inside the "rich schools" by labeling them all as "standard". So while all the other students are take AP & Honors classes, the poor students are stuck in "standard" classes and are still getting a sub-par education.

In my opinion, charter schools that care about the students are the way to go.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:11 AM
 
Location: South Korea
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you can do a short internet search for charter schools in charlotte and other places to get some detailed information.
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