Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 3)

  • If Bertie County Schools were a charter, they’d be closed

    The finances of the Bertie County Public Schools (BCS) are a mess, mostly due to incompetence, staff turnover, and related institutional issues. The State Board of Education will discuss the matter on Thursday. According to N.C. Department of Public Instruction staff, “Based on the 2016-17 audit financial statements for…
    Terry Stoops, May 2, 2018
  • Schools receiving state assistance struggle to raise student achievement

    In 2016, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) began implementing school improvement interventions in 75 low-performing “transformation” schools.  This week, Dr. Gary Henry and Ms. Erica Harbatkin of Vanderbilt University updated the N.C. State Board of Education on academic performance and personnel measures from those schools.  To do make the…
    Terry Stoops, May 2, 2018
  • Take a break from politics…

    New Rule: Comments on a car chase video should focus on the car chase and not the Confederate flag.
    Terry Stoops, May 1, 2018
  • Talking about teacher pay

    Kris Nordstrom of the N.C. Justice Center spends a great deal of time and effort critiquing my cost-of-living adjustments to the average teacher pay figures released by the National Education Association (NEA) last week.  My very short blog post on the matter is hardly worth the effort. Regardless,…
    Terry Stoops, May 1, 2018
  • Ernst and Young report recommendations for NC DPI

    Ernst and Young conducted an organizational evaluation of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and released their findings at this morning’s State Board of Education work session.  There were a few notable observations by Ernest and Young researchers: DPI’s effectiveness is limited by its tendency to work…
    Terry Stoops, May 1, 2018
  • KY superintendent wrong about tax cuts

    Nicholas Brake, superintendent of the Owensboro Independent School District in Kentucky, published an op-ed in Education Week titled, “Want to Support Public Schools? Stop Cutting Taxes.”  Brake writes, The fiscal policies being pursued in many states—and at the national level with the tax plan recently signed by the president—are…
    Terry Stoops, April 27, 2018
  • Charter school deserts in North Carolina

    According to The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a charter school desert is “three or more contiguous census tracts that have poverty rates greater than 20 percent but that have no charter schools.”  And a new Fordham Institute report says that North Carolina has 14 of them. Nine charter deserts…
    Terry Stoops, April 26, 2018
  • Teachers choose protests over parents and children

    The N.C. Association of Educators has asked public school teachers to skip school on May 16 to participate in “advocacy day” activities.  Apparently, many Durham County teachers are planning to take a personal day to attend the event.  As a result, school officials are considering canceling classes for the…
    Terry Stoops, April 26, 2018