The State Board of Education will discuss Wednesday the recommendation from an advisory board to open as many as 17 new charter schools – including four in Wake County – in 2016. The charter-school expansion is hailed by supporters as providing more options for families and blasted by critics as resegregation the public schools.
Overcrowded schools have had to be creative to get playground time for their students. Elon Park Elementary, for example, has applied for a grant to increase the size of its playground, and the PTA has been raising money too.
Unless Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools gets let off the hook, the district could be in a decent bit of trouble next year with the recent North Carolina requirement that end-of-grade tests be given online.
In a little more than two months, a long-standing program that audits North Carolina’s 58 community colleges to make sure they aren’t overstating their enrollments to increase their allotments of state dollars could come to an end. Rep. Linda Johnson, a Kannapolis Republican and a chief budget writer, says the audits weren’t justifying their expense.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark spoke this past week about pushing the focus on literacy skills into the upper grades. She put on her wish list the ability to train secondary teachers in the WestEd Reading Apprenticeship program.