About: Terry Stoops

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NC teacher pay: 41st (no COL) and 33rd (COL) in the nation

The National Education Association (NEA) finally released Rankings of the States 2015 and Estimates of School Statistics 2016. As WRAL has reported, North Carolina is ranked 41st in teacher pay this year and ranked 42nd last year, according to NEA estimates. But the NEA ranking does not take cost of living (COL) into account.  TheyContinue Reading






Beckel: “Biggest issues of the day…can’t be solved by presidential decree”

Today, President Obama will issue a decree “telling public schools across the nation to allow transgenders to use the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify.” It was not long ago that Democrats warned that such approaches would do little to solve the nation’s biggest problems.  Here is Bob Beckel, Democratic strategist, talking aboutContinue Reading






Respect = more money

Public school teachers demand respect!  But what does that mean? Stuart Egan, an English teacher at West Forsyth High School, gives us the answer – more money and less accountability.  Mr. Egan writes (emphases added), A reward sounds like something that can be used as a political ploy. Respect needs no political prompt. A rewardContinue Reading






2015 Biasy Award

I was honored to serve as one of the judges for the 2015 Biasy.  Choice Media’s Executive Director Bob Bowdon writes, Choice Media has named a story by Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post as winner of the 2015 Biasy — the first-ever award for media bias in education content. The winning story, “Charter schoolContinue Reading






Why yes, it is School Lunch Hero Day

To celebrate School Lunch Hero Day 2016, I give you “Lunch Lady Land” by Adam Sandler.






High school math standard time crunch

I am pleased that the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and NC State Board of Education (SBE) are considering changes to the high school math standards.   Although far from ideal, the proposed changes to sequencing and addition of clarifying language would align with the work of the Academic Standards Review Commission, which was createdContinue Reading






Teacher pay: Cost of living matters

It is easy to look at average teacher salaries in other districts/states and conclude that teachers who receive a higher salary always live a comfortable life. But I recently discovered an article published in the The Mercury News shows how public school teachers in California’s Bay Area are priced out of the housing market – bigContinue Reading






Reports of NCAE’s demise have been…underreported

Over the last few months, I have pointed out that the NC Association of Educators (NCAE) have had a massive drop in membership and money; had internal disagreements about House Bill 2, despite their stated opposition to it; had a unanimous staff vote of “no confidence” in Executive Director Rachelle Johnson; sponsored unpopular “walk-in” eventsContinue Reading






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