Kaye's Quarterly Newsletter

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Is it time for them to become the wave of the future?

For 150 years, the basics of public schooling have not changed. A local educational agency (LEA) is constituted within a State. Generally, a board- and superintendent-led district manages, staffs, and oversees an area’s entire portfolio of public schools. Yet, think about it: the world has changed. We live in a globally competitive and technologically advanced world. The “every school a charter school” idea is not new. For example, Paul Hill of the Center on Reinventing Public Education has been addressing this concept over the years.

At the October, 2014, quarterly meeting of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, a link was provided to the members for an interim report dated June 2013, on the “mixed progress” made within the District/Charter Collaboration Compact, which is comprised of sixteen major cities within the U.S. This report was researched through the Center on Reinventing Public Education and can be assessed here.

This is an issue that needs to be discussed and further researched. Minnesota wrote the first charter school law in the U.S. in 1991. Since then, 41 states and the District of Columbia have approved the formation of charter schools, which are public schools. Share your thoughts with me on the impact of charter schools in North Carolina. I welcome your feedback. For the first five respondents via email (Kaye@KayeMcGarry.com), I will send you a complimentary copy of my book: A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen (2008, 3rd edition).

Editorial Comment. . . .

Vote “NO” to raising taxes !

The referendum on the November ballot is titled “Mecklenburg County Sales Use Tax.” The explanation that follows is: “Local sales and use tax at the rate of one-quarter percent (0.25%) in addition to all other State and local sales and use taxes.”

No one is sure, if passed, where this money will end up. It is very vague and was poorly conceived and written. A better strategy should be to PRIORITIZE the needs in our county and shift monies from those priorities you deem not as high a priority as others. We each have to do that in our own households; it is time for our elected officials to do likewise.

Is It Time to replace the Common Core State Standards with the North Carolina State Standards K-12?

The 11-members appointed to serve on the Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) have had their first meeting recently. They will be reviewing the English Language Arts and Math Standards and make recommendations to the State Board of Education before December 31, 2016. Stay engaged and informed!


Early voting is under way October 23 through November 1, with the general election taking place on Tuesday, November 4th.

Please exercise your privilege to VOTE. Folks continue to ask me for candidate recommendations. At this point, I want to speak to the citizens in Mecklenburg County on behalf of 2 candidates running at-large for the Board of County Commissioners:



Also, in District 12, for U.S. Congress VINCE COAKLEY

Please check their websites, call them, and/or help them in their campaigning these last few weeks! And, please look carefully at the Judges who are running for election. If you would like my opinion of any other candidates, please email me: Kaye@KayeMcGarry.com, I will be glad to share information. After serving my community for eight years on the CMS Board of Education (2003-2011), I realize how important these positions are in order to implement policies for the good of all of our citizens.

I have been motivated over the past several years to do what I can by the following quote which I have used frequently:

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the Something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.”

– Edward Everett Hale


Kaye McGarry



Kaye, her husband, and their grandchildren
Kaye, her husband, and their grandchildren


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