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Raise Your Voice: Tara Holden, Brevard Academy

Tara Holden


Brevard Academy


 Why do you support charter schools?

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Raise Your Voice: Ted Duncan, Brevard Academy

Ted Duncan

School Director

Brevard Academy


Why do you support charter schools?

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Raise Your Voice: Olivia Bennett, Chatham Charter

Olivia Bennett

Alumna, Chatham Charter School

English II Teacher, Chatham Charter School


 Why do you support charter schools?

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Raise Your Voice: Heather Craven, Chatham Charter

Heather Craven

Parent and PTSA Secretary

Chatham Charter School


 Why do you support charter schools?

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Raise Your Voice: Duke Lewis, Envision Science Academy

Duke Lewis

Alumnus, Envision Science Academy

Rising Junior in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University


 Why do you support charter schools?

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Raise Your Voice: Fatih Sahin, TMSA

Fatih Sahin

Marketing Coordinator

TMSA Public Charter Schools


 Why do you support charter schools?

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Raise Your Voice: Lorenzo Jones, TMSA

Lorenzo Jones

Alumnus, TMSA Greensboro

Data Center Network Operations Technician @ Google


 Why do you support charter schools?

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More Charter School Myths Dispelled

In response to the Opinion piece written by Tom Campbell and published in the Wilmington Star News on March 10, 2024, we have the following to say:

Tom Campbell’s March 10 article on the purported failures of our state’s public
education system features some unfortunate but common myths about North Carolina’s
charter schools. The most dangerous and harmful falsehood that Mr. Campbell
presents is that charter schools can be “essentially segregated, not just by race but also
by socioeconomic and academic criteria.” 
Not only is this untrue, but as any parent who has applied for their child to attend a
charter school can tell you, the mechanism by which such segregation could potentially
take place does not exist. All initial charter admissions processes are conducted via a
lottery system that is 100% blind to the factors that Mr. Campbell names as a means of
segregation. Socioeconomic status is the only exception, as the Legislature enables
charters to weight their lotteries in favor of socioeconomically disadvantaged students
so that more of those applicants can be served.
Charters were never intended to replace traditional district schools but to supplement
them with innovative best practices. For charter schools that receive certain federal
funding in North Carolina, programs such as NC ACCESS have been enthusiastically
implemented by the charter sector as a means to ensure that more socioeconomically
disadvantaged students are enrolled in charter schools and that more best practices are
shared between charter and traditional schools.
Charter schools are free, public and open to all. To suggest otherwise is not only false
but negligent. Charters have been serving their purpose since 1996 and will continue to
do so.

-Rhonda Dillingham, NCAPCS Executive Director


An Interview with 2023 CSTOY Ryan Henderson

We caught up with 2023 NC Charter School Teacher of the Year Ryan Henderson to get some of his "Good News" and a very heartfelt take on Black History Month in his own words!


Name: Ryan M. Henderson

Current Organization: Sugar Creek Charter School

Current Position Title: TV Broadcasting, Journalism and Film Teacher; 2023 NC Charter School Teacher of the Year

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Partnership with NCAPCS to Recruit Top Talent in Leadership Positions

In February 2024 the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools and Gray III Search! partnered with one overriding goal—to help member charter schools in North Carolina recruit outstanding people for Executive Director/Head-of-School, Fundraising, and Communications Director positions.


Jim brings 25 years of experience working with and for nonprofits and has been an active member of NCAPCS for the past four years.


“Jim brings a wealth of talent and senior experience in the nonprofit world to this partnership,” said NCAPCS Executive Director Rhonda Dillingham. “This enhances our ability to serve our members and helps them recruit top talent. That way, they can fulfill their full potential for students and families across our state.”

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NCAPCS Announces Leadership Development Partnership with Rhodes Branding

The North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools (NCAPCS) is proud to announce an annual leadership development partnership with Rhodes Branding, a mission-led branding and marketing agency exclusively serving K-12 education.

As a professional association created to support and expand successful charter schools in North Carolina, NCAPCS provides regular professional development to its member educators, administrators, and school board members. Through this partnership with Rhodes Branding, NCAPCS will leverage the agency’s expertise in key areas like competitive K-12 brand-building, engagement strategy, and enrollment and recruitment marketing, to enhance its 2024 professional development catalog. 

“We aren’t talking about logo and mascot design, although we do that, too,” said Austin Rhodes, the agency’s president and co-founder. "By sharing our expertise in school branding, marketing, and engagement strategies with K-12 leaders through our partners’ conferences and virtual professional development sessions, our team desires to make a sustainable impact for schools nationwide.”

“We feel extremely confident that participants in this unique professional development series will walk away with tools that will enable them to add immediate value to their educational organizations,” said NCAPCS Executive Director Rhonda Dillingham. 

“We are proud of this particular partnership because we have observed first-hand the power of Rhodes Branding to transform their client experience in the K-12 education space,” she said. “Charter schools are public schools – they are tuition-free and open to all – but there are many subtle nuances to elements like brand positioning and enrollment marketing that must be understood in order for effective professional development to be provided to our membership,” Dillingham continued.

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The Power of Black-Led Charters by Rep. Marcus Brandon

In observing and celebrating Black History Month, we took some time to catch up with former State Representative Marcus Brandon to talk about the good he sees in charter schools and the power of Black-led schools.  Check it out!


Name: Representative Marcus Brandon

Organization: CarolinaCAN

Title: Executive Director

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Honoring Black History Month with Dr. Michelle Johnson

The celebration of February as Black History Month is an important piece of any school's calendar, but it is more than just a one-time event.  We sat down with NCAPCS Board Chair Dr. Michelle Johnson, Director of The Point College Prep and Leadership Academy in Jamestown, NC to learn more:

When you think of Black History Month, what do you envision?

I envision a celebration of all that we have learned throughout the year.  It’s not just 28 days of studying important figures, but the culmination of yearlong inclusion of the important, little-known African Americans in our history.


Why is Black History Month relevant to the charter community? 

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Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” -Chinese Proverb 

Isn’t change challenging? We spend so much of our time wanting to stay in what is comfortable. To be honest, I have been there too. I have wanted to teach the same lesson because it was comfortable. I have wanted to stay with the same curriculum because I had taught it for years. I have wanted to stay on the same team because they were my friends. I have even rolled my eyes when my former Principal asked me to move classrooms at seven months pregnant. The truth is, she knew I would find joy and growth in the new hallway. I just did not have the ability  to recognize it at the moment. 

However, change pushes us to be more. Sometimes, the push feels like a tap, and other times it feels like a drop off the side of a mountain. No matter what your change feels like, know that there is beauty on the other side of the push. 

This week is National School Choice Week. We celebrate our School, and how far we have come in a year and a half. There are several misconceptions about Charter Schools. This is the perfect week to clarify those misconceptions. 

“Charter school is private.” We are a public charter school that serves potentially all of North Carolina-tuition free! We currently serve students from Caldwell, Catawba, Burke, Hickory City, and Alexander counties. 

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NCAPCS Signs Collaboration Agreement with WGU

ASHEBORO, N.C. (JAN. 16, 2024) – As the state’s leading membership and support organization for public charter schools., the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools provides a wide array of services and support to help all the state’s charter schools provide a high-quality education to their students. To encourage employees of the organization’s members to upskill and further their careers by pursuing educational opportunities, NCAPCS has signed a collaboration agreement with Western Governors University, an accredited nonprofit online university.


As part of the agreement, NCAPCS employees and members will be able to apply for WGU’s Partner Connect Scholarships in the amount of $2,500, which is disbursed in increments of $625 per term for up to four academic terms based on satisfactory academic performance. Tuition at WGU is around $4,000 to $5,000 per six-month term, and students are able to accelerate at their preferred pace with the consent of their assigned program mentor.


Established in 1997, WGU offers more than 80 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the fields of K-12 education, information technology, business and healthcare. WGU currently has more than 5,200 students enrolled in North Carolina, including 964 in its Teachers College.

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NC Charter School Celebration Luncheon

Change for Good: The NC Charter School Review Board and the Road Ahead

by Rhonda Dillingham

Published in The Carolina Journal

What’s in a name? 

In the case of the newly-minted Charter School Review Board, that answer encompasses the entirety of the entity’s new charge and function.

Formerly known as the Charter School Advisory Board, or CSAB, this government body has moved from an advisory to a regulatory capacity.  It no longer makes recommendations to the State Board of Education on cases involving the granting, renewal, suspension and termination of North Carolina’s charter school agreements.  The CSRB is now first chair.  It is where the buck stops.  The BOE only serves as the course by which CSRB decisions can be appealed.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

As North Carolina’s Strategic Director for The LIBRE Initiative, Jeffrey Baldwin is passionate about advancing the principles of individual freedom, property rights, limited government and free markets for the US Hispanic community.  He is also a charter school advocate and Board member of Carter G. Woodson School in Winston Salem

From what Baldwin has seen and experienced in his work across the state, charter schools resonate with Hispanic families in significant ways.

“We are not used to having big schools, and with charter schools you will usually find that the student-to-teacher ratio is going to be smaller,” said Baldwin.  “There are other things, like uniforms, that are typical to many charter schools and also remind us of the schools in our home countries.”

“What you will find is that a lot of families understand the value of education,” said Baldwin.  “They will work really hard to learn and have a better life.”

That statement is personal for Baldwin, who at the age of 14 immigrated to the United States to escape the corruption, poverty and hopelessness of the Guatemalan Civil War and socialism.

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The Latest in Charter News Needing Corrections

See the Original Article Here and on our FB page!
While the author is correct in that NC charter school enrollment increased 19% during the pandemic and continues to rise, the author fails to discern that #charterschoolsarepublicschools. They are free, public and open to all. As tuition-free schools of choice, charters make up an essential part of NC’s school choice landscape, but they are not to be confused or categorized with private schools. To do so creates misinformation, which charters are accustomed to defending against.
In terms of oversight, NC charters are held to the same standards of accountability as traditional district schools, most notably when it comes to State test scores. The NC Office of Charter Schools - a state government entity - directly oversees all NC charter schools’ performance data, which is used to inform the NC Charter School Review Board in its duties of granting, denying, renewing or revoking charter agreements based on standardized metrics. There is also the fact that, as schools of choice, charters are held to even more stringent standards of accountability by parents, who vote with their feet.
Charter schools are legislatively granted more flexibility in areas such as curricula selection and teacher credentials, but at the end of the day they are expected to use that flexibility to innovate, not imitate; they must meet and/or exceed the acheivment standards set for all NC public schools. Failure to do so leads to reprimand and unfortunately, in persistent cases, closure. The fact that discipline or closure due to performance is a much more immediate threat to charter schools makes for higher stakes when it comes to each individual school’s accountability.

Charter Success Partners and the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools Partner to Launch Licensure Compliance Support

Charter Success Partners (CSP), a leading provider of charter school accounting and operational support services, and the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools (NCAPCS), the foremost state charter schools’ advocacy organization, have announced a partnership to help NC charter schools adhere to new state licensure law requirements.

The dashboard will provide charter schools with everything required to be in compliance with state licensure requirements, including those established by State Law 2023-106, which was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in August 2023.

“The licensure dashboard is a valuable tool that will help charter schools stay on top of their compliance requirements,” said Zach Donahue, CFO of Charter Success Partners. “By providing schools with a dashboard that is easily embeddable on their website, parents and other interested parties will be able to access the information that they are entitled to and schools can be assured they are meeting all state requirements with virtually no disruption.”

The dashboard was developed with input from charter school professionals and attorneys. It includes a variety of features, such as:

  • ●  A personalized dashboard for each school that showcases their staff’s licensure information

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