About: Terry Stoops

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Poll finding shocks…nobody

Last month, TelOpinion Research conducted a poll on behalf of Renew NC, a 501(c)(4) group that supports Governor McCrory’s policy agenda.  The Republican pollster asked 1,000 North Carolina voters to share their opinions on a variety of issues. The questions addressing support for a proposed statewide infrastructure bond were very informative, but one question wasContinue Reading






AEI: Charter applications have become onerous

From “The paperwork pile-up: Measuring the burden of charter school applications” by Michael Q. McShane, Jenn Hatfield, and Elizabeth English of the American Enterprise Institute:






Teacher of the year has unreasonable class size

The Wake County Schools website features a photo of 2015 Teacher of the Year Matthew Scialdone, an English teacher at Middle Creek High School, and a dozen or so students. I blame Republicans for forcing teachers to deal with these unreasonable class sizes.






HPU has one of the best college pools

…reminding us that most colleges and universities are resorts that offer occasional learning opportunities. Anyway, here is what College Rank has to say about HPU pools:






GCS official: “Say This, Not That” for Public Schools

In the June 2015 issue of the American School Board Journal, Nora Carr, chief of staff for North Carolina’s Guilford County Schools, offers some messaging pointers for public school employees and advocates. She writes, “Borrowing from the ‘Charter School Messaging Notebook’ and public school messaging research conducted in North Carolina by the Neimand Collaborative, hereContinue Reading






Magnet and charter schools: Another double standard

Today, Keung Hui of the News and Observer focuses on Wake County’s high-poverty magnet schools, some of which are having difficulties attracting applicants.  It is a pretty interesting read. I cannot help but compare the plight of Wake County’s magnet schools to another public school option, charter schools.  While magnets and charters are different –Continue Reading






Should we celebrate Head Start’s 50th anniversary?

Answering the above question depends on whether the $8 billion program actually produces lasting benefits for low-income children. In an interview with PBS Newshour, Russ Whitehurst, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, raises doubts about the efficacy of Head Start, The evidence is that it did some good when it was first introduced in theContinue Reading






NC House should keep testing, Founding Principles reviews

I’m reviewing proposed special provisions associated with H.B. 97, 2015 Appropriations Act (pdf). The House Appropriations Committee on Education recommendation is to strike the following  language currently in Chapter 115C-105.35 of the NC General Statutes. During the 2004-2005 school year and at least every five years thereafter, the State Board shall evaluate the accountability systemContinue Reading






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