About: Terry Stoops
Recent Posts by Terry Stoops
The thing to remember about Gene Nichol’s latest News & Observer op-ed, “NC teachers being voluntarily exploited,” is that it is simply the latest in a sustained narrative designed to embarrass and discredit legislative leaders and Governor McCrory. Where in his op-ed does he offer anything that may be construed as a policy recommendation? Indeed,Continue Reading
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts published a nifty 50-state scorecard available here. (For the rankings in each category, go here.) The scorecard includes a number of business, economic, demographic, and tax rankings for the 50 states. For example, North Carolina ranks 2nd in business tax burden but 49th in gas tax rate. In addition,Continue Reading
In an article written by N.C. Policy Watch reporter Lindsay Wagner, Guilford County Schools (GCS) official Nora Carr sounded the alarm on the number of teacher vacancies in her district. She blamed state legislators for the unfilled positions. I commented on the story here. Yesterday, the Greensboro News & Record published a “sidebar” (i.e., call asContinue Reading
In recognition that today is the first day of school for many students, I offer the the following, which comes from the North Carolina Journal of Education, Volume III, Number 5, December 1899: There is some good, timeless advice here.
For years, I published an annual newsletter that summarized vacant school jobs listed on the The North Carolina Public Schools Application System. Although I did not publish one this year, the following summarizes vacancies over the last five years: August 21, 2015 810 Licensed positions (includes teachers, principals, counselors, media supervisors, social workers, and speechContinue Reading
According to data scientist Jake Popham, North Carolina is 28th in per capita spending on extramarital dating site Ashley Madison. Alabama receives the title of “Most Unfaithful State in America” with Colorado, Washington DC, New Jersey, and Connecticut rounding out the top five.
Remember when the Republican members of the Wake County school board were attacked for their decision to eliminate Wake County’s busing policy? (If you need a reminder, I listed a few articles about it below). Although the Democratic majority largely maintained their predecessors’ student assignment policy, the outrage machine appears to be pretty quiet. It’sContinue Reading
Fascinating. Democratic candidates for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) Board of Education have called for a return to busing. Democratic school board members in Wake County have refused to increase the district’s limited busing efforts. Is this a difference between campaigning and governing or a broader lack of consensus among urban/suburban Democrats?
Recent Comments by Terry Stoops
- July 24, 2015 on NC SBE’s impressive response to NCAE post
- April 11, 2015 on Teacher promotes truancy, student walk outs
- November 20, 2014 on JLF promotes Swanson to president and CEO as 25th anniversary approaches
- June 18, 2013 on The Limits to Panic
- February 13, 2013 on Obama: More government preschool please