About: Terry Stoops

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The most ridiculous “take your job and shove it” story yet

Courtesy of WRAL: Barbara Hawley taught school for 15 years before resigning two weeks ago from her job as a second-grade teacher at Pleasant Union Elementary School in northern Wake County.  She said years of eroding respect in her profession had finally worn her down. “It’s been a long and frustrating road,” Hawley said Friday.Continue Reading

Wake County teacher salary schedules: Before and after the raise

The N.C. General Assembly increased teacher pay. But changes to the structure of the salary schedule make it difficult for taxpayers to understand the dynamics of the raise. Below is a comparison of Wake County’s 2013-14 and 2014-15 teacher salary schedules.  The annual salary listed includes the local salary supplement, which is one of theContinue Reading

Attention media: Do not do this

Next week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction will release state test results for the 2013-14 school year.  Last year’s results cannot be compared to the 2012-13 scores because the N.C. State Board of Education moved from four achievement levels in 2012-13 to five achievement levels in 2013-14.  In both cases, a Level III scoreContinue Reading

New Mercatus report on federal role in education

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University just published a really helpful overview of the role of the federal government in education. Reading, Writing, and Regulations: A Survey of the Expanding Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education Policy by Rhodes College economics professor Courtney A. Collins examines the history of federal education laws andContinue Reading

Judge declares vouchers for low-income children unconstitutional

This morning, Superior Court Judge Hobgood ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship Program is unconstitutional. He claims that the program does not serve a public purpose and creates an unequal, supposedly unaccountable, system of schools. Let’s look back.  The action began in February when Judge Robert Hobgood issued an injunction that halted the state’s Opportunity ScholarshipContinue Reading

Should we retire the expression “to call a spade a spade”?

“As with many other racialized terms, there were efforts to reclaim the word after it had become a slur.  [snip] So what does all of this mean for people who want to, well, “call a spade a spade”? I urge caution. [University of Vermont professor Wolfgang] Mieder concludes his case study [titled Call a SpadeContinue Reading

NCAE proudly posts photo of meeting with Jim Hunt

Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Facebook page: The photo also includes NCAE’s “messaging ideas,” which are written on a large sheet of paper behind Governor Hunt.  I’ll try my best to decipher the writing, but none of them are terribly revealing. – NCAE = public education students, educators, and ESP’s [educationContinue Reading

WSOC: “Parents, teachers frustrated by stoppage of Common Core”

Another misleading headline courtesy of WSOC in Charlotte. According to WSOC reporter Paige Hansen, parents and teachers are frustrated by stoppage of Common Core. There is just one problem.  Common Core hasn’t stopped.  Hansen even says so in her story. Common Core remains in place for the 2014-15 school year.  A standards review commission willContinue Reading

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