About: Terry Stoops

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98,172

According to the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education, the estimated number of homeschool students hit 98,172 during the 2013-14 school year. Just to put this in perspective: 1. This year’s enrollment represents the highest homeschool enrollment ever in North Carolina. 2. Homeschool enrollment increased by 10,194 students or 11.6 percent compared to last year. 3.Continue Reading

WRAL headline at best misleading, at worst a flat-out lie

WRAL is reporting that “NC education spending on decades-long slide.” What they really mean is that education spending, as a percentage of the total state budget, has decreased due to the demands of Medicaid and various other state-funded enterprises. Indeed, there is a big difference between a decrease in spending (stated in the headline) andContinue Reading

Yeah, I’ll chime in on that teacher who said she was leaving NC for OH

According to a blog post by Keung Hui of the News & Observer, A Wake County Teacher of the Year has resigned, just not the Wake County Teacher of the Year. Twitter has been lighting up since Monday with tweets about the “ Wake County Teacher of Year 2014 moving to Ohio,” with Jenny CallahanContinue Reading

Obama and Duncan’s education reform predicament

Compare the following articles from July 7, 2014: NEA wants Duncan’s resignation and Obama: Put better teachers in poor schools There are two ways to look at the policy implications of this. 1. The National Education Association (NEA) dislikes President Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan because he (and his boss) do crazy things likeContinue Reading

NEA membership declines

As usual, the incomparable Mike Antonucci is attending the National Education Association (NEA) Convention.  Although he has not obtained state data yet, he does have aggregate figures and projections reported by NEA officials. According to Antonucci, NEA membership declined for the fifth straight year and NEA officials believe membership will continue to decline through 2016.Continue Reading

Teacher pay, tenure plans still divide legislators

State legislative leaders appear to have agreed on a plan to fund Medicaid next year, which is a major step toward approving their adjustments to the biennial budget. Now the major stumbling blocks are teacher pay and tenure. Senate: The Senate wants a gigantic increase in teacher pay, an average of 11 percent, funded mostlyContinue Reading

Governor and House propose budget plan

Earlier today, Governor McCrory held a press conference at the Executive Mansion to announce his support of a House proposal to raise teacher pay, a plan that appears to have earned the backing of school superintendents, teachers, chairman of State Board of Education Bill Cobey, and Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Governor McCrory saidContinue Reading

“School’s Out” Educator Rally today

For traditional calendar teachers, the school year ended earlier this month.  Some of those teachers will be in Raleigh today for the NCAE’s hootenanny. If you work in downtown Raleigh and are concerned about increased traffic from the event, do no worry.  I suspect that turnout will be low.  After all, the NCAE and alliedContinue Reading

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