About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

Great information on teacher supply and demand

I am a fan of Teachersoftomorrow.org.  The group recently published the graphic below.  

AFC’s poll shows strong support for school choice

The American Federation for Children (AFC) just released their annual National School Choice Poll, which was conducted by Democratic polling firm Beck Research.  The results were encouraging. From the press release: Support for school choice has remained consistently high with 68% supporting and only 28% opposing School choice support is bipartisan with majorities from eachContinue Reading

NC makes “The 10 Most Memorable Teachers Union Quotes of 2016” list

From “The 10 Most Memorable Teachers Union Quotes of 2016” by Mike Antonucci on The 74: 9) “Our staff is under constant pressure to do more with less since we have not received a salary increase in eight (8) years.” —From a petition written by employees of the North Carolina Association of Educators addressed toContinue Reading

NC earns a C-minus on Quality Counts 2017

Education Week just released Quality Counts 2017, which scores and grades state public school systems based on measures grouped into three broad areas: Chance for Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance. North Carolina was one of 14 states to receive a C-minus and the state’s score of 70.5 tied with South Dakota for 39th outContinue Reading

Summing Up Results From TIMSS, PISA

Math results were mixed for American adolescents on two major global benchmarking tests released in recent weeks. These charts offer some highlights. Source: Summing Up Results From TIMSS, PISA

Which school districts spent more (or less) last year?

Here I go, here I go, here I go again (again?) Readers, what’s my weakness? (financial data published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction!)  

Public school operating expenses totaled $12.7 billion last year

Did I mention that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published financial data? The following is a table of current expense expenditures for the 2015-16 school year (in taxpayer dollars): Type State Federal Local Total SALARIES $5,745,652,306 $714,505,364 $1,525,082,588 $7,985,240,258 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS $1,937,086,829 $250,133,646 $474,342,145 $2,661,562,620 PURCHASED SERVICES $210,616,948 $95,976,843 $712,619,935 $1,019,213,726 SUPPLIES & MATERIALSContinue Reading

Big spenders: N.C. schools edition

Here is another blog post summarizing financial data published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction! The following is a table of the ten districts with the highest average per-student expenditure during the 2015-16 school year. District State Federal Local Total Hyde County Schools $12,723.04 $1,954.50 $3,124.31 $17,801.85 Tyrrell County Schools $11,739.76 $1,887.18 $1,526.74 $15,153.68Continue Reading

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