PR: Emotions Will Run High at Charter School Lottery

Charter Day School anticipates large crowd in light of high demand for student seats.

Charter Day School has more applications than seats for each class of students again this year. There are 235 student applications to enter the charter school with only 89 spots available, 146 families will be left disappointed.

In compliance with public charter school admission guidelines, the school admits applicants by public lottery. The lottery drawing will be held on campus Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10 a.m. Due to high demand resulting from a state-imposed cap on the growth of charter schools, more than 200 parents are expected to attend. Charter Day School, along with local officials, will conduct a fair and unbiased lottery by pulling numbers out of an opaque container.

The event comes as state lawmakers are proposing lifting the current cap on charter schools. In light of North Carolina’s ranking – 32nd of 40 states – by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the event also will highlight the need for greater public awareness and more competitive, innovative charter laws.

“We would love to enroll all families that apply,” states Mark Cramer, Superintendent of Charter Day School. “But the fact remains that the law has limited the growth of charter schools, and until that law is changed we have to follow the guidelines for lottery submissions.”

“Charter schools don’t pick and choose who they want to be in their schools,” said Headmaster Jennifer Beamer. “Our mission is to serve all children equally.”

According to public school law: Statutes 115C-238.29F:

Any child who is qualified under the laws of this state for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to charter schools.  Charter schools shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability and shall not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry.

Charter Day School Public Lottery

Parents, children who applied to the school
Elected local and state officials
Members of Charter Day School Board of Trustees
Local Law Enforcement Officials

Public lottery to determine what applicants will be enrolled for the next school year at Charter Day School. The event also highlights the need for competitive, innovative charter laws and generate awareness about public charter schools through legislators’ participation in Charter Day School’s academic lottery, followed by a school tour.

Friday February 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Charter Day School
Middle School Music Room
7055 Bacon’s Way
Leland, NC 28451

Speakers will be available for interviews immediately following the event.

The Roger Bacon Academy’s Charter Day School is a tuition-free, open enrollment public school in southeastern North Carolina. Since 2000, Charter Day School has focused on quality K-8 education and is a premier performance-driven year round school. Widely recognized as a compelling choice to conventional public education, the school has built a reputation for dedicated and highly qualified teachers that give students a strong and proven academic foundation. Charter Day School has received numerous awards, including the designation of being a Top-25 School for Academic Growth and Excellence in the state of North Carolina.  –  “Excellence Without Excuses”


See VIDEO on last year’s 2010 Charter Day School Lottery:

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