SOAKING IN NATURE: Evergreen Community Charter School fourth-graders participate in citizen science by surveying and monitoring bird populations on their forested cam- pus. The school emphasizes the importance of interacting with the natural world for learning. Photo courtesy of Evergreen Community Charter School

The color of choice: Local charter schools offer options, with trade-offs

Amid the continuing debate over school choice and whether North Carolina should even allow charter schools, people on both sides of the issue seem to agree that Buncombe County‚Äôs five charters stand apart from their counterparts across the state. Asheville has about as long a history with charter schools as any Tar Heel city. Francine […]

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In photos: Michael Brown justice rally draws hundreds in Asheville

About 200 people gathered in downtown Asheville Nov. 25 in support of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer earlier this year. Unlike protests in Ferguson and some other cities, the Asheville gathering at Vance Monument was peaceful as attendees held signs with phrases such as “Hold Cops Accountable” and “Where is Justice for Black America.”