Articles about Education

As charters and choice expand, so does segregation
   January 5, 2017
Amy Hawn Nelson
As charter school enrollment expands, statistics show they are more segregated than traditional public schools. Are they more effective? Research is inconclusive. A look at charter schools in the Charlotte region and their relationship to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Read more

School choice: Many options but conclusions elusive
   September 7, 2016
Amy Hawn Nelson
Around 80,000 students in Mecklenburg County choose to attend a school other than their neighborhood public school. But what might that mean for the caliber of education the students receive?  Read more

Institute study finds positives for McPIE initiative
   October 1, 2015

A year-long institute study of a McClintock Middle School public-private partnership known as McPIE found a higher proportion of the students taking part in the group’s activities passed eighth- and ninth-grade Common Core math and science exams, and they averaged fewer days absent. Read more

Report finds strengths, challenges in United Way’s Collective Impact initiative
   September 30, 2015

Research by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute for United Way of Central Carolinas has found that almost 90 percent of at-risk Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who took part in programs from 14 local United Way-funded agencies over three or more years graduated from high school. Read more

Charter, private, home school or CMS? Is enrollment shifting?
   September 2, 2015
Amy Hawn Nelson, Justin Lane

Are more Mecklenburg County parents these days opting for private school over public, or for charters or home schools? With the 2015-16 school year underway, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute researchers looked at how enrollment choices have changed for Mecklenburg families in the past 20 years.

The animated graphic below shows how Mecklenburg County public, private, charter and home...

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Confessions from the cul-de-sac
   August 5, 2015

A dedicated Charlotte urbanist confronts a choice when house-hunting: Walkable urbanity in the heart of town, or affordable homes with the assurance of good schools in an auto-dependent suburban area? Commentary. Read more

Teacher turnover rate for 2013-2014
   June 19, 2015

This week’s EdMap illustrates the teacher turnover rate, by district, for the 2013-14 school year.   Read more

2013-2014 Annual Measurable Objectives by school
   June 16, 2015

This week’s EdMap takes a closer look at the latest Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) at the school level. Read more

Annual measurable targets by district, 2013-2014
   June 9, 2015

This week’s EdMap looks at the school districts that met annual measurable objectives (AMOs) across the state.   Read more

N.C. student proficiency by school, 2013-14
   June 2, 2015

This week’s EdMap takes a closer look at the newest proficiency data at the school level. Read more