Congrats to Raleigh Charter School. Earlier this week, U.S. News & World Report named the school the 24th best public high school in the United States (USN&WR High School Rankings). Raleigh Charter School was the highest ranked school in North Carolina. Sixteen other charter schools were counted among the top 100 public high schools nationally.
Raleigh Charter School is an example of what can happen when committed teachers and parents are given the flexibility to pursue excellence. North Carolina has about 99 other charter schools and many of them are writing their own success stories. Last I checked, there were about 3,000 students on waiting lists to get into these schools. Charter schools continue to grow and provide quality education stdudents — and usually at costs significantly lower than the average public school. The Wall Street Journal trumpeted the success of charters with a recent editorial Charter Schools, Against the Odds
These developments make it hard to fathom why so many lawmakers in our state continue to oppose lifting the cap on charters schools and why the State Board of Education approved raising accountability standards for charter schools – but not for the public schools. It’s time the facts win out over political allegiances.