Commissioners Recognize Neuse Charter School

Neuse-Charter-School-ribbon-cutting-insideNeuse Charter School was recognized by the Johnston County Board of Commissioners on Monday in celebration of National Charter Schools Week. Dr. Julie Jailall, Executive Director of Neuse Charter, thanked the Commissioners for their support.

The history of the county’s first charter school was shared with the Commissioners by Chris Johnson, a current member of the school’s Board of Directors. Johnson also spoke of the current enrollment numbers a wait list of 400 students, as well as the difference in charter school and traditional public school funding. The collaboration between Johnston Community College and Neuse Charter, as well as developing relationships with two new charters in the area, was also expressed by Johnson.

May 1st-7th marks National Charter Schools Week, and students, parents, teachers and communities across the country are celebrating the many successes of public charter schools.

Here are a few facts about charter schools:

Charter Schools Are Public Schools
Public charter schools are independent, tuition free public schools open to all students. Public charter schools are given the flexibility to be more innovative while being held accountable for improved student achievement. Public charter schools must adhere to federal and state education standards, as well as federal and state civil rights laws.

Charter Schools Increase Student Achievement
Since 2010, several independent research studies have found that students in charter schools do better than their traditional school peers. The most recent of those studies, by the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes at Stanford University, found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematical Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

Charter Schools Give Parents Public School Options
Parents want the best education possible for their children. Charter public schools give parents options within the public school system so they can find a school that best meets the needs of their child.