About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

Why yes, it is School Lunch Hero Day

To celebrate School Lunch Hero Day 2016, I give you “Lunch Lady Land” by Adam Sandler.

High school math standard time crunch

I am pleased that the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and NC State Board of Education (SBE) are considering changes to the high school math standards.   Although far from ideal, the proposed changes to sequencing and addition of clarifying language would align with the work of the Academic Standards Review Commission, which was createdContinue Reading

Teacher pay: Cost of living matters

It is easy to look at average teacher salaries in other districts/states and conclude that teachers who receive a higher salary always live a comfortable life. But I recently discovered an article published in the The Mercury News shows how public school teachers in California’s Bay Area are priced out of the housing market – bigContinue Reading

Reports of NCAE’s demise have been…underreported

Over the last few months, I have pointed out that the NC Association of Educators (NCAE) have had a massive drop in membership and money; had internal disagreements about House Bill 2, despite their stated opposition to it; had a unanimous staff vote of “no confidence” in Executive Director Rachelle Johnson; sponsored unpopular “walk-in” eventsContinue Reading

In time for National Charter Schools Week: NC charters outperform districts

National Charter Schools Week is this week!  (Unlike Teacher Appreciation Week, National Charter Schools Week is a seven-day event.) To celebrate National Charter Schools Week, the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools published a comparison of charter and district performance on 2014-15 state tests.  Data, verified by NC Department of Public Instruction officials, compare overall proficiencyContinue Reading

Republicans raised salaries; NCAE didn’t

NC Association of Educators (NCAE) leaders continue to complain that the 10.3 percent average salary increase awarded to teachers by Republican legislators and Governor McCrory since 2013 is insufficient and even insulting. Yet, the North Carolina Staff Organization, which represent the NCAE’s unionized workforce, claims that NCAE staff “have not received a salary increase inContinue Reading

It’s Teacher Appreciation Workweek!

This blog post acknowledges that Teacher Appreciation Week starts today, May 2, and ends on May 6.  Strangely, Teacher Appreciation Week does not span an entire seven-day week.  It should be called Teacher Appreciation Workweek. Indeed, I have been told by many teachers that they work throughout the weekend.  Shouldn’t Teacher Appreciation Week acknowledge that?Continue Reading

NC researchers: No decline in obesity despite federal policy

Three North Carolina-based researchers have found “no evidence of a decline in obesity prevalence in any age group, despite substantial clinical and policy efforts targeting the issue.” Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Eliana Perrin, and Joseph Skelton’s study, “Prevalence of Obesity and Severe Obesity in US Children, 1999-2014,” has recently been published by the academic journal Obesity. Continue Reading

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