About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

NCAE one of the NEA’s “5 financially shakiest states”

Mike Antonucci analyzed the 2015 tax filings and internal membership numbers for all state National Education Association (NEA) affiliates.  He found that union affiliates in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin were on the shakiest ground.  He writes, The North Carolina Association of Educators lost 9.6 percent of its active members in 2015 andContinue Reading

HB 136 gets the attention of homeschoolers

House Bill 136 lowers the compulsory attendance age from 7- to 6-years-old.  While their intentions are good, bill sponsors may have failed to consider how that change would affect home schools. A homeschool parent posted the following comment on the North Carolinians for Home Education Facebook page: It requires earlier opening of homeschools. It requiresContinue Reading

NCAPCS hires Democrat executive director

In a surprising move, the board of the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools (NCAPCS) hired Rhonda Dillingham to be the organization’s executive director. According to the press release, Dillingham “co-founded Uwharrie Charter School and brings a decade of teaching and leadership experience from both public charter schools and district schools.” If you askContinue Reading

NC teacher pensions well funded, not transparent or flexible

According to a report published by the National Council on Teacher Quality and EducationCounsel, Just seven states — Delaware, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin — have teacher pension systems that are funded at 90 percent or higher. Of those, only South Dakota and Wisconsin are fully funded. That said, theContinue Reading

2017 NEA “Friend of Education” attended Catholic schools

The National Education Association named Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge of the USS Enterprise, also known as “LeVar Burton” or something, their highest honor – the Friend of Education Award.  He was a vocal critic of President Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. He is an unusual choice for the award because,Continue Reading

Audit: NCAE had only 7,331 members on payroll deduction in 2015

An audit of union/employee association membership found that the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), the state affiliate of the National Education Association, had only 7,331 members on employer payroll deduction as of December 2015. State auditors wrote, We were unable to obtain the total membership count and type of membership count from the North CarolinaContinue Reading

GoBankingRates uses WalletHub method of attracting web traffic

GoBankingRates has a new “study” of average teacher salaries, titled “Here’s How Much Teachers Make in Every State.” Charleston South Carolina-based freelance writer Lia Sestric calculates North Carolina’s average as $43,587, even though the N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently reported that the average North Carolina teacher salary is $49,837.  The $6,250 discrepancy falls shortContinue Reading

Steve Horwitz on school choice

In a widely-read Facebook post, economist Steve Horwitz, visiting scholar at Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Ball State, dissects the opposition to school choice: Sorry folks, but if you seriously want to argue about school choice, you should consider the following: 1. It’s easy to be proud that you are a #productofpublicschoolsContinue Reading

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