About: Terry Stoops

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Money, not class sizes, behind HB 13 push

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) survey, Pass House Bill 13 to Save Teachers, Increase Per Pupil Funding to National Average, tells you all you need to know about the push to get the N.C. Senate to pass House Bill 13.  Currently, HB 13 is in the Committee On Rules and Operations of theContinue Reading






Salaries of teachers mentioned in Cooper’s State of the State

Last year, an intern and I attempted to obtain public school employee salary data for each of North Carolina’s 115 school districts.  The N.C. Department of Public Instruction does not maintain a central database of employee compensation information.  As a result, we were forced to contact each district and requested that they pull salary dataContinue Reading






Districts solicit homeschoolers to boost enrollment, revenue

After years of losing enrollment and market share to homeschools, school districts are looking for ways to bring them back into the district system, mostly to boost revenues.  Last year, Tammy Covil wrote about school district recruitment efforts that invite homeschool families to enroll in district-sponsored e-learning academies.  She wrote, Earlier this month, an articleContinue Reading






Rep. Brawley: A champion for school choice

In his North State Journal op-ed, Rep. Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg), chairman of the House Finance Committee, affirms his commitment to the Opportunity Scholarship Program and urges his colleagues to do the same. Thanks to these reforms, parents no longer face a one-size-fits-all, top-down bureaucratic approach to their child’s public education in North Carolina. Our stateContinue Reading






Charles, Charles, Charles

Charles Jeter, a former N.C. House member and current government relations coordinator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has a confession to make.  In an op-ed published by the Charlotte Observer, Jeter declares that he regrets voting for private school vouchers as a member of the legislature. He writes, “The problem is, now we have clear data that show,Continue Reading






Cooper’s budget throws ethnic/racial minority students under the bus

Governor Roy Cooper’s budget would discontinue the expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, funding scholarships only for those low-income children already receiving them. According to the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, 59 percent of the nearly 5,500 low-income students receiving an Opportunity Scholarship belong to an ethnic or racial minority group.  By proposing to freezeContinue Reading






How cheating can raise high school graduation rates

Want a quick and easy way to raise graduation rates?  Credit recovery courses are the method of choice for many school districts.  Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews writes, High school science teacher Jeremy Noonan will never forget his training as an online credit recovery teacher in Douglas County, Ga. He was told to always giveContinue Reading






NC average teacher pay increased significantly since 2014

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released their Highlights 2017 document late last week.  Here is a graph detailing average teacher pay trends since 2003:






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