Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the charter law in North Carolina. On June 21, 1996, lawmakers passed bipartisan legislation creating charter schools.
The Coalition and other charter advocates are celebrating this milestone throughout the week! There is much to commemorate.
Lindalyn reflects on the charter movement in an op-Ed in EdNC, out this week– especially about the students themselves, some of whom attended charter schools 15 or more years ago:
In the lead-up to this anniversary, I and other charter supporters have been listening to their stories. Bearing witness to the enduring power of the charter idea, some pioneers have gone back to the very schools that nurtured them.
Some return with their children in tow: Tim Taylor began attending Arapahoe Charter School in Arapahoe when it first opened. Now, his two oldest sons are enrolled. Some charter pioneers return as employees: Abigail Barbosa found her voice as a person of color at Sallie B. Howard School in Wilson. She works there now as the elementary school principal’s assistant.
Some even return as teachers …
Read more from Lindalyn’s EdNC piece here.