About: Terry Stoops

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SC district to implement a no-zero policy

School districts in North Carolina, particularly Wake County Schools, have talked about creating a minimum grade/score for years. In some of the state’s public schools, the no-zero policy is an unwritten rule. Now, a district in South Carolina plans to implement a “zero zeroes” policy. [Greenville County] Board trustee Danna Rohleder told FOX Carolina zerosContinue Reading






OECD: U.S. made little progress on raising student achievement

According to a new book published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States had the same percentage of low-performing 15-year-olds on international reading and math tests in 2012 than it did in 2003.  On the bright side, there was a 6 percentage point decrease in low-performing science students. According toContinue Reading






Rest in peace, Andrew Coulson

Andrew Coulson, Senior Fellow in Education Policy at the Cato Institute, died yesterday at the age of 48.  His 1999 book, Market Education: The Unknown History, is required reading for folks in the education reform movement. Neal McCluskey and Jason Bedrick published a fitting tribute to Andrew here.






It’s charter school application season!

The headline says it all: Woods Charter School receives a record 1,807 applications for admission. Sadly, few of those who applied will receive an admissions offer, given capacity restraints and restrictions on charter enrollment growth.  The school will conduct their admissions lottery on February 1.   HT: GG






Education budget fight in Haywood County

Haywood County Schools may cut their budget and close an elementary school, mostly due to a shortfall in local funding. As Rep. Michele Presnell pointed out, the Haywood County Schools have increased their per pupil expenditures over the last three years.  In fact, their per student spending is higher in 2015 than it was beforeContinue Reading






Teacher recruitment and retention in the 1880s

New York Times: Jan 30, 1880






CBO: Federal deficit will continue to rise

A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report says that “the deficit this year will increase, relative to the size of the economy, for the first time since 2009.”  CBO researchers continue, If current laws generally remained unchanged, the deficit would grow over the next 10 years, and by 2026 it would be considerably larger thanContinue Reading






Pay and teacher moonlighting are not related

Recently, Progress NC and WNCT produced very similar stories about public school teachers who take second jobs outside of the school system (moonlighting).  They contend that Republican leaders have failed to raise teacher compensation enough to allow educators to cover basic needs on a single source of income. A closer look at the teacher moonlightingContinue Reading






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