Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 2)

  • Private Islamic schools are not terrorist training grounds

    At the 2013 N.C. School Boards Association’s Public Policy Conference, then-Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson remarked, With the voucher legislation that we have we could be in dangerous territory as far as taxpayers’ dollars going to private schools. There is nothing in the legislation that would prevent someone…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2017
  • N.C. average student loan debt one of the lowest in the Southeast

    According to Business Insider, the average student loan debt per college graduate in North Carolina is around $14,800.  In the Southeast, only Florida ($12,900) and Louisiana ($13,400) were lower. Utah had the lowest average of the 50 states and D.C., while New Hampshire had the highest.  College graduates in…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2017
  • Overview of Tuesday’s school board elections

    On Tuesday, voters in four counties went to the polls to elect school board members for 16 seats.  Here is what happened in each. Burke County Number of seats: 3 Partisan? No Winners: Buddy Armour (Central District), Sam Wilkinson (Eastern District), Seth P. Hunt, Jr. (Western District) Hot Take:…
    Terry Stoops, November 9, 2017
  • Will Mecklenburg’s schools of choice benefit from CMS board election?

    Residents of Mecklenburg County had an opportunity to set a new course for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), which is seeing flat enrollment growth due, in part, to the availability of home, private, and charter schools.  Yet, as Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer notes, there’s “not likely to…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2017
  • Municipal election update: Fuquay-Varina

    I was voter 18 at the Fuquay-Varina High School polling place.  I voted an hour after the polls opened. Residents will elect a mayor and two members of the Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners (Massengill and Wunsch seats) today.  Candidates spent much of their time addressing concerns about growth, traffic,…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2017
  • District school enrollment continues decline

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student membership figures for the first month of school.  It is interesting to note year-to-year changes in average daily membership (ADM), even if the figure will change by the end of the year.  The ADM figures for the last three school years…
    Terry Stoops, November 6, 2017
  • State superintendent salaries: Mark Johnson is 36th in the nation

    Education Week collected state superintendent salaries for all 50 states and Washington, D.C. North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson’s salary of $127,561 was a bit on the low side – 36th in the nation. It is also far below the national average of $174,000 a year.  Interestingly,…
    Terry Stoops, November 1, 2017
  • Let parents sort out quality in the education marketplace

    Liz Bell of EdNC had a good overview of the News & Observer/WTVD charter school panel last night.  Bell wrote, Five panelists argued over the place charter schools should occupy in the state’s educational system Monday night. To Helen Ladd, the Susan B. King professor emerita of public policy…
    Terry Stoops, October 31, 2017