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)

  • “Guns Don’t Kill People…Legislators Do”

    Photo of Apex Friendship High School students courtesy of Keung Hui of the News & Observer:                     Want to know more about today’s student protests supporting gun control?  Read the latest from Stoops and Sanders.
    Terry Stoops, March 14, 2018
  • Nationwide student walkouts today

    Today is the day that students across the nation will stage a 17-minute walkout presumably to urge lawmakers to pass stronger gun laws. If you would like some background on the issues, I have published a three-part series on school shootings and student activism. https://www.johnlocke.org/update/school-shootings-and-school-safety/ https://www.johnlocke.org/update/student-activism-and-the-parkland-school-shooting/…
    Terry Stoops, March 14, 2018
  • School boards have a transparency problem

    In honor of Sunshine Week, WRAL outlines a few of the problems that journalists face when they try to obtain minutes from closed sessions of school board and State Board of Education meetings.  Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis gets a well-deserved mention in the article. One thing boards sometimes refuse…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2018
  • Do Republicans and Democrats really agree on education issues?

    The latest High Point University Poll concludes that “NC Republicans and Democrats agree on education issues.”  That’s news to me. After an examination of the poll, I suspect the supposed agreement is a consequence of the pollsters’ decision to focus on benefits and not costs.  For example, Q: The…
    Terry Stoops, March 9, 2018
  • Retirement costs and teacher pay: West Virginia edition

    After nine days on the picket line, teachers in West Virginia are headed back to the classroom.  Gov. James Justice signed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that gives teachers the pay increase they demanded. Chad Alderman at the Teacher Pensions Blog points out that in West…
    Terry Stoops, March 8, 2018
  • A retired teacher’s view of the Teacher Working Conditions Survey

    I received a thought-provoking response to Lindsay Marchello’s Carolina Journal article on the N.C. Teacher Working Conditions Survey. Administrators usually make a big deal over teachers completing this survey. The K[indergarten] teacher I referenced is a gifted teacher and well-respected by her staff. I often sought her advice and input…
    Terry Stoops, March 7, 2018
  • Total state public school appropriations near $9 billion mark

    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget 2018.  I have already noted that the average base teacher salary is now $51,214, an increase of $1,245 over the year before. Here is a summary of state education appropriations since…
    Terry Stoops, March 5, 2018
  • Average teacher salary in N.C. surges to $51,000+

    This week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget 2018.  The report indicates that the average base salary is now $51,214, an increase of $1,245 or 2 percent over the year before. It is important to recognize that the average salary…
    Terry Stoops, March 2, 2018