Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies
Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the program assistant for the Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. After crossing the Mason-Dixon Line, he taught English at Spotsylvania High School and served as an adjunct instructor in professional communication at the University of Mary Washington. He was a research assistant in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.

Stoops earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Clarion University and a master’s degree in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education. He received a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education.

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 1)

  • NCAE: New leadership, same modus operandi

    Tamika Walker Kelly’s first press release as NC Association of Educators president continues the fine tradition of unquestioned support for Democrats.
    Terry Stoops, July 1, 2020
  • Public school teachers are turning on Cooper

    Three weeks ago, Gov. Cooper told North Carolinians that he would announce their selection of one of three back-to-school options on July 1. For the most part, teachers were cool with that. The evening before the announcement, Cooper’s press office announced that Cooper would delay his much-anticipated decision. A few…
    Terry Stoops, July 1, 2020
  • State audit blasts North Carolina Virtual Public School

    The North Carolina Virtual Public School is a state-run virtual school established in 2007.  An audit published by the Office of the State Auditor today is nothing less than an embarrassment. State auditors found: Eight of 12 NCVPS courses audited did not meet required curriculum content standards, increasing the…
    Terry Stoops, June 30, 2020
  • Naturally, teachers are upset about bonus

    State revenue is an estimated $4 billion short, but public school teachers don’t care. Over a million North Carolinians applied for unemployment benefits, and many private and nonprofit employers have cut employee hours and eliminated positions.  Nevertheless, public school teachers are spending their summer months complaining about their pay on…
    Terry Stoops, June 29, 2020
  • Preliminary analysis: NC average teacher salary adjusted for COL is 26th in the nation

    My initial calculations indicate that North Carolina’s average teacher salary, when adjusted for cost of living (COL), ranks 26th in the nation.  I explained the methodology used to adjust for cost of living differences in a research brief published last year. The unadjusted ranking is 30th in the…
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 2020
  • NEA: Average teacher salary in NC is 30th in the nation

    According to the annual Rankings and Estimates study released today, North Carolina’s average teacher salary of $54,682 is 30th among the 50 states and District of Columbia for the 2019-20 school year.  The revised averages for the 2018-19 school year also place North Carolina at number 30. As I…
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 2020
  • Is Wake County’s School System White Supremacist?

    NC State business professor Dr. Bart Danielsen asks that question in a thoughtful post on his blog, The Green Apples.  With his permission, I have reposted the piece here.   SYMPTOMS OF A PROBLEM: Growing up in Georgia in the 60s and 70s, I learned about…
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 2020
  • Teacher calls retiring senator Tillman a “d-bag”

    State Sen. Jerry Tillman announced his retirement yesterday. Several teachers, presumably taking a break from preparations for the upcoming school year, expressed their opinions about Sen. Tillman on a popular Facebook group page.  None of the posts were more grotesque that the exchange screenshotted below.
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 2020