Statewide Schools Spotlighted during National School Choice Week

The National School Choice Week spotlight shined on North Carolina schools with nearly 600 events held across the state this week. In celebration of National School Choice Week, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) traveled across North Carolina to highlight the array of parental school choice options including public charter schools, private schools, homeschools, and state scholarship programs like the Opportunity Scholarship Program and the Disabilities Grant.

A focus of PEFNC’s tour included stops at public charter schools. The organization visited four schools (providing grant funding to a total of six) and hand-delivered checks on behalf of the North Carolina Public Charter School Accelerator.

Stops included; the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (New Hanover County), FernLeaf Community Charter School (Henderson County), Shining Rock Classical Academy (Haywood County), and KIPP Halifax (Halifax County).

In total, $63,000 in grant funding was delivered to the following schools:

  • Girls Leadership of Academy of Wilmington (GLOW) – $15,000
  • FernLeaf Community Charter School – $10,000
  • Shining Rock Classical Academy – $10,000
  • KIPP Halifax – $12,500
  • KIPP Durham – $12,500
  • VERITAS Community School – $3,000

The Accelerator schools will use the grant funding for a variety of benefits including curriculum support, literacy resources, and professional development. For example, Shining Rock Classical Academy will use the grant funding to build outdoor classrooms, and KIPP Halifax will purchase news books for their school.

“As we celebrate National School Choice Week, we’re honored to visit public charter schools who are providing quality educational options for families across our state. We are fortunate in North Carolina to have an array of educational options including traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, and homeschools, and we are highlighting those options as we crisscross the state this week.

Though we are supportive of public charter school growth, our focus is on growth in the counties and regions of the state where charters have not existed in the past. Before eliminating the cap on public charter schools, 53 counties in North Carolina did not have a single public charter school. Now, only 40 counties remain where a public charter school is not an option. Through the NC Public Charter School Accelerator, we are happy to have been in support of starting the first public charter schools in Haywood, Bertie, and Halifax Counties. For our organization, the mission of the NC Public Charter School Accelerator will remain focused on making sure our rural counties and academically challenged pockets of the state have an array of options.” – Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina

To date, the Accelerator program has provided $678,000 in grant funding to public charter schools across North Carolina, with a focus on schools in rural and academically challenged parts of the state.

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