About: Terry Stoops

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DPI: State education funding up over $200 per student this year

About a week ago, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) updated a one-page document titled Trends: Growing Student Population, Fewer Dollars.  The publication was developed in 2012 by an advisor to Governor Bev Perdue and was later posted on the N.C. DPI website, as I explain here.  Now that Bev Perdue has moved on,Continue Reading

ABC 11: Obscure website pans NC spending trends

How many times have you heard someone begin a conversation with, “I was on the WalletHub.com website earlier today…”? WalletHub.com was founded in 2012 and is in the business of ranking stuff and selling advertising on their website.  For example, the small Washington D.C.-based company recently ranked North Carolina 37th on a list of mostContinue Reading

The Left’s new school funding argument

On Thursday, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) published “Funding North Carolina’s Public Schools: Changes Since FY 2008-09.” The two-page note formed the basis of a piece by editorial page editor Ned Barnett (NB) of the News & Observer among others. I had hoped to provide a more detailed response to both, but mostContinue Reading

NCLB-mandated turnover may have benefitted NC students

In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, Thomas Ahn of the University of Kentucky and Jacob Vigdor of the University of Washington examined the performance of North Carolina public school students who attended schools that were subject to sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  Schools that did notContinue Reading

Not so fast, NCAE…

Barry Smith: Appeals Court Releases Voucher Money For Low-Income Students

Iredell bond campaign follows playbook, uses kids as props

Cute kids. Ugly politics. More from the Our Schools First Facebook page:

Iredell schools distributing “Vote Yes” signs

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation awards a C to NC schools

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just published Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness, which ranks states on nine indicators of K-12 performance, accountability, and transparency. North Carolina received a C overall.  In the Southeast, Kentucky, Florida, and Virginia were the only other states that did not receive a D orContinue Reading

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