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Starting Restart in North Carolina’s traditional public schools

This week EducationNC partnered with WRAL to explore the origins of Restart — a program that offers recurring low-performing schools charter-like flexibility. In the video above, hear from some of the people who were there at the start of Restart, and take a trip inside some of the Restart schools. 

This week we surveyed for opinions on charter-like flexibility for traditional schools. Here’s what you had to say: 

The articles are available here: 

1. Restart program gives some low-performing schools flexibility to help struggling students

2. After years of struggle, more than 100 schools hope new program will lead to success

3. Is this flexible program for struggling schools the future of NC public education?

You can also check out an EdTalk podcast with Ann McColl, CEO of The Innovation Project, which worked on jumpstarting Restart and includes many Restart schools in its network. 

If you are curious where Restart schools are in North Carolina, or if you want to find out if a school near you is part of Restart, click on the dots on the map or type the name of a school into the interactive map below. 


Also, check out media appearances by WRAL education reporter Kelly Hinchcliffe and EducationNC senior reporter Alex Granados on their Restart series. 

CEO Mebane Rash’s appearance on Spectrum News

Appearance on WRAL

Appearance on WUNC’s The State of Things

Appearance on WFDD

Case study on Restart reporting collaboration

This series was reported by EducationNC reporter Alex Granados and WRAL reporter Kelly Hinchcliffe through a collaboration funded by the Center for Cooperative Media. EducationNC data reporter Lindsay Carbonell contributed to this report.

Editor’s Note: Gerry Hancock, a co-founder of The Innovation Project, is also one of the founders of EducationNC.

Alex Granados

Alex Granados was the senior reporter for EducationNC from December 2014-March 2023.