Look out Guilford County, the charters are coming!
There seems to be a great interest in establishing a charter school in Guilford County. Out of 161 charter applications in North Carolina, 19 applicants want to serve the children of Guilford County.
Guilford County Schools ("GCS") is the third largest school district in the state of North Carolina and under the leadership of Supt. Mo Green is thoughtfully expanding many choices for its families. GCS has recently created 50 new STEM Middle College seats at NC A&T and will be increasing middle school capacity with a new 5-8 program at Allen Jay Elementary.
In December 2012, GCS was awarded a Race to the Top grant over a five-year period targeting African-American males, middle school technology and a parent academy. So what else could the community want? So if you're around town on January 31 at 6 p.m., feel free to stop by the Carolina Theater to hear Supt. Greene's collaborative community-driven 2016 Strategic Education Plan.
During the January 8th GCS meeting, board chair Alan Duncan, expressed concern for the high volume of applicants and the potential funding dilemma that could be incurred to the local schools.
It has also been argued by traditional public school supporters that the impact of charter school growth undercuts the budgets of local schools and many times are left to educate the most at-risk students disproportionately to charter schools.
All eyes are on the 19 would be choices for Guilford County. Applications must be submitted to the state no later than March 1 by 12 noon. Just like in the movie, March of the Wooden Soldiers, the charters are marching on.