About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

School performance grades: Districts vs. charters

School Performance Grades were released today.  Most charter schools fared pretty well, compared to district schools. The following was taken from an executive summary titled “2013–14 School Performance Grades (A–F) for North Carolina Public Schools:”

DPI: Net increase in classroom teachers this year

According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) Educational Directory & Demographical Information Exchange (Eddie), North Carolina district schools currently employ 94,197 classroom teachers, a 274 teacher increase over the 2013-2014 school year total of 93,923. Obviously, the above figure is a net increase.  Some school districts lost teachers, while others added them.  ForContinue Reading

Durham schools are failing and KIPP can help

In August, KIPP Durham, a charter school for low-income children, will open.  And members of the Durham County Board of Education are not happy about it.  From an article in The Herald Sun, “There’s very mixed research on your methodology, on your programs and on your attrition and it makes me concerned for the communityContinue Reading

Public schools receive $230 per student boost from state this year

In coming weeks you’ll hear a lot of claims about state education funding.  In the graph below, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction details the $230 average boost in per student education funding provided by the state legislature last year.

NC hiring State Breastfeeding Coordinator

I have no problem with breastfeeding or those who promote it.  But I wonder if the state of North Carolina truly needs a State Breastfeeding Coordinator. Is this the best use of taxpayer dollars?

List of best state political reporters

The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza published a list of the best state political reporters.  The following North Carolina reporters made the list: Mark Binker, WRAL Jon Camp, ABC11 Tim Boyum, Time Warner Cable news North Carolina Pat Gannon, The Insider Laura Leslie, WRAL Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer Gary Robertson, AP Congratulations! It is pretty embarrassingContinue Reading

Charters among the best high schools in NC

Niche.com recently published their ranking of the best public high schools.  Congratulations to the charter schools that made the list. Twelve of the top 100 schools were charters, including the top high school in North Carolina, Raleigh Charter High School. 1. Raleigh Charter High School 13. Franklin Academy 16. Pine Lake Preparatory School 19. LakeContinue Reading

National School Choice Week events

January 26, 2015 ·       School Choice Rally Christian Family Academy | Jan 26, 2015 | 10:45 am–11:15 am | Conover, NC ·       National School Choice Week Charter Fair NC Public Charter Schools Association | Jan 26, 2015 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm | Raleigh, NC ·       Americans for Prosperity Foundation – NC Showing of “Waiting forContinue Reading

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