About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

Washington Post headline is misleading

Washington Post headline: “A book about a dress-loving boy was supposed to teach kids acceptance — until lawmakers complained” Washington Post story (paragraph 5): “But the book was abruptly pulled from the reading list after several teachers complained, according to Charles Jeter, the district’s government liaison.” Washington Post credibility: 0.0 There is no doubt that theContinue Reading

N.C. charter law receives a C+ in annual ranking

The Center for Education Reform (CER) released their annual charter school law report card today.  North Carolina is tied with Texas and Utah for the 12th best charter school law in the nation and is only one point shy of receiving a B. We would improve our grade if we allowed multiple authorizers to operateContinue Reading

School choice key to urban renewal

Today, EdChoice published “Renewing our Cities: A Case Study on School Choice’s Role in Urban Renewal” by Bartley R. Danielsen, David M. Harrison, Jing Zhao.  According to the authors, Urban economic development resources are often focused on bringing jobs and affordable housing to downtown areas. In contrast, there has been very little consideration given toContinue Reading

U.S. Department of Education: Spending and Staffing

Below are two instructive graphs published by the Heritage Foundation.  President Trump’s budget would cut discretionary spending at the U.S. Department of Education after decades of steady growth.  Interestingly, staffing levels have remained relatively constant since 1980.

Charter school membership by region

According to data just released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, charter schools are rockin’ in most areas of the state.  Time to get to work in those clusters of counties in white. Click here:

Hall is an outstanding choice to lead Achievement School District

Today, the N.C. State Board of Education (SBE) announced that Dr. Eric Hall, president and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina, was hired to lead the new Achievement School District. The SBE made a wise decision to hire someone who has a successful track record of working with disadvantaged students and underperforming schoolsContinue Reading

Money, not class sizes, behind HB 13 push

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) survey, Pass House Bill 13 to Save Teachers, Increase Per Pupil Funding to National Average, tells you all you need to know about the push to get the N.C. Senate to pass House Bill 13.  Currently, HB 13 is in the Committee On Rules and Operations of theContinue Reading

Salaries of teachers mentioned in Cooper’s State of the State

Last year, an intern and I attempted to obtain public school employee salary data for each of North Carolina’s 115 school districts.  The N.C. Department of Public Instruction does not maintain a central database of employee compensation information.  As a result, we were forced to contact each district and requested that they pull salary dataContinue Reading

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