Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 148)

  • North Carolinians know bad writing

    The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is a “whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.” Winner, Adventure: From the limbs of ancient live oaks moccasins hung like fat black sausages — which are sometimes called boudin noir, black pudding or blood pudding, though why anyone would refer…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2011
  • A victory for those who value local control

    State Administrative Law Judge Joe Webster ruled that Macon County Schools can start classes on August 4, as planned. As I described in a previous Locker Room post, the State Board of Education granted Macon County Schools a waiver to begin classes before August 25, the statutory school…
    Terry Stoops, July 26, 2011
  • Charter schools curb dropouts in Chicago

    This week, NPR has a five-part series dealing with high school dropouts and dropout prevention.  Part one profiles 19-year-old Patrick Lundvick, a former drug dealer who is now enrolled at a Youth Connection school.  The story describes YC as an organization that “runs 22 charter schools in Chicago…
    Terry Stoops, July 26, 2011
  • Flay thumps Christensen on Iron Chef

    Ashley Christensen, the chef-owner of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, entered Kitchen Stadium to take on the formidable Bobby Flay in Battle Chum Salmon.  Chum (aka dog, Keta, or Silverbrite) salmon is a type of Pacific salmon. Flay beat Christensen 45-35.  He outscored Christensen in all three categories evaluated…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2011
  • Macon County calendar controversy

    The Franklin Press reports, The Macon County Board of Education passed a resolution at a special called meeting on Monday authorizing its lawyers to intervene in a petition filed by Highlands resident Sabrina Hawkins and the Save Our Summers-North Carolina group to prevent Macon County from beginning classes on…
    Terry Stoops, July 22, 2011
  • Rahm Emanuel to send his children to private school

    Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he will send his son and two daughters to the University of Chicago Lab School, a prestigious private school in Chicago’s swanky Hyde Park neighborhood.  President Barack Obama’s daughters also attended the Lab School but now they attend Sidwell Friends, an elite private…
    Terry Stoops, July 21, 2011
  • More on the Manning mess

    Apparently, my discussion of Judge Howard Manning’s court order generated some misunderstanding.  So here are a few additional thoughts: 1. I do not condone judicial activism, even when the judge is a Republican like Manning.  I think I have made that clear.  Thus, I am (and will never…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2011