About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

The end game is fewer charters and less choice

Yesterday, I wrote about a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study written by researchers at Duke University.  In “The Growing Segmentation of the Charter School Sector in North Carolina” by Helen Ladd, Charles Clotfelter, and John Holbein, the authors speculate that “white flight” is responsible for raising student achievement in the state’s charterContinue Reading

When HISD comes to town, remember this

Every year, the mainstream media highlights teacher recruitment visits from representatives of the Houston Independent School District (HISD).  They note how North Carolina teachers are eager to make the move to Houston because they’ll receive higher pay and presumably better working conditions.  The underlying purpose of these stories is to imply that the reforms implementedContinue Reading

Duke researchers: NC charters outperform district schools

“The Growing Segmentation of the Charter School Sector in North Carolina” is a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) paper written by Helen Ladd, Charles Clotfelter, and John Holbein of Duke University.  They conclude, …we document that the charter schools as a group initially started out behind the traditional public schools in terms ofContinue Reading

DHHS getting into the charter school oversight business

The Office of Charter Schools is located in the NC Department of Public Instruction.  Nevertheless, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is looking for a Charter School Health Consultant. As staff in the School Health Unit, this consultant’s responsibilities include charter school health program development, implementation, monitoring and assistance with quality assurance. Continue Reading

Superintendent can’t back up claims

In an op-ed published by NC Policy Watch, Mooresville Graded Superintendent Mark Edwards writes, The treatment of our state’s teachers is creating a drastic drop in enrollment in our Colleges of Education throughout North Carolina; furthermore, it is causing veteran teachers to retire ahead of when many planned because they feel disheartened and dishonored. First,Continue Reading

Teacher promotes truancy, student walk outs

Last week, I wrote about a News & Record article that failed to identify Todd Warren as a teacher with strong ties to the radical left. This week, Mr. Warren, a teacher at Guilford Elementary School, has an idea about how to “practice non-compliance to build power and agency in ways that are clearly alliedContinue Reading

SBE requires charter board members to reside in NC

I strongly disagree with the decision by the NC State Board of Education (SBE) to approve a policy that “requires nonprofit board members that hold the charter from the State Board of Education to have a primary residence in North Carolina.” If the children are thriving at the school, we should not care where theirContinue Reading

Little improvement on NAEP vocabulary assessment

Today the U.S. Department of Education released results of the vocabulary component of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment.  State-level data were not available.

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