About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

A scientific approach to predicting the next Speaker of the N.C. House

On Saturday, House Republicans will decide who succeeds Senator-elect Thom Tillis. To make my prediction, I used an online Magic 8 Ball.  Here is how it played out. John Blust – “My sources say no” Justin Burr – “Outlook good” Leo Daughtry – “Outlook not so good” Bryan Holloway – “Don’t count on it” TimContinue Reading

Speaker candidate Moore hits a home run

Representative Tim Moore is one the candidates for Speaker of the N.C. House.  I have not examined the education policy priorities of the other folks vying for the position, but I think they would have a difficult time topping Rep. Moore. In a pamphlet distributed to members of the House, Moore said, North Carolina isContinue Reading

Charter schools: An ideal model of school management

“Does Management Matter in Schools” is the title of a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study of the “operations, targets and human resources management practices in over 1,800 schools educating 15-year-olds in eight countries.” Researchers from Stanford, Harvard, and the London School of Economics created a management index for each school by assessingContinue Reading

What’s next for Heath Morrison?

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Superintendent Heath Morrison unexpectedly resigned yesterday. Morrison said that he is leaving CMS to care for his ailing mother who lives in Williamsburg, VA.  I wish him and his family the best. I noticed that the Portsmouth (VA) Public Schools is conducting a superintendent search.  Williamsburg and Portsmouth are 50 miles apart,Continue Reading

Election eve email from DPI, media stories have much in common

Yesterday afternoon, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) sent a message to DPI staff and school superintendents. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson encouraged recipients to forward the following email to their employees and staff: From: Lynda Fuller <Lynda.Fuller@dpi.nc.gov> Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM To: For NC Superintendents Only <ncsuperintendents@lists.dpi.state.nc.us> Subject:Continue Reading

Holy early turnout, Batman!

It’s Election Day!  I arrived at my polling place (Fuquay Varina High School) around 25 minutes after polls opened and was voter 102.  I was a bit surprised, to be honest. Folks continued to pour in after I finally finished filling in those little ovals.  

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Urges vote, hasn’t voted in a decade

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants Iredell residents to “vote yes” on a school bond referendum next week. The problem is, according to an article in the Statesville Record & Landmark, “Earnhardt has not cast a single ballot since registering to vote in November 2004.”

Wake County Schools: Ignore released figures and wait until next year

Earlier today I summarized 2013-14 teacher turnover data for the state and Wake County. News & Observer reporter Keung Hui followed up my blog post with one of his own. I was critical of an April 2014 press conference that featured Wake County teachers and administrators warning of an “alarming” increase in teacher resignations.  DataContinue Reading

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