About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

District schools want to be like charter schools

For me, the most interesting part of the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association strategic plan is this: Provide additional flexibility to school districts to allocate state resources to meet statewide accountability measures and student performance goals. All flexibility granted to charter schools should also apply to school districts. (p. 10) Districts do not need toContinue Reading

GAO: State and local government budgets in trouble

According to a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, state and local governments are going to have a tough time making ends meet.  GAO researchers wrote, One way of measuring the long-term fiscal challenges faced by the state and local government sector is through a measure known as the “fiscal gap.” The fiscal gapContinue Reading

NCAE seeks “meaningful dialogue” with Republican legislators

In a piece titled “Holding True to Our Vision of Excellent Schools,” Rodney Ellis, President of the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), laid out a new vision for the organization and their advocacy activities.  He writes, As we begin to prepare for the 2015 Legislative Session that will gear up in January, I also thinkContinue Reading

The Kochs (!!!) are so powerful that even Democrats are under their control

Wait, what? The News & Observer warns that Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson and her staff are working with the Bill of Rights Institute, an organization partially funded by Koch (!!!) family philanthropies, to develop instructional materials that help high school social studies teachers meet the requirements of the 2011 Founding Principles Act.Continue Reading

DPI: Two-thirds of NC charter schools perform at or above districts

This week, the State Board of Education will review the Annual Charter School Report, approve it, and submit it to the N.C. General Assembly. N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) staff write, Eighty-four schools were at or above the district level accounting for 67.2%. This is an 8.4% increase from the preceding year. Fewer schoolsContinue Reading

A scientific approach to predicting the next Speaker of the N.C. House

On Saturday, House Republicans will decide who succeeds Senator-elect Thom Tillis. To make my prediction, I used an online Magic 8 Ball.  Here is how it played out. John Blust – “My sources say no” Justin Burr – “Outlook good” Leo Daughtry – “Outlook not so good” Bryan Holloway – “Don’t count on it” TimContinue Reading

Speaker candidate Moore hits a home run

Representative Tim Moore is one the candidates for Speaker of the N.C. House.  I have not examined the education policy priorities of the other folks vying for the position, but I think they would have a difficult time topping Rep. Moore. In a pamphlet distributed to members of the House, Moore said, North Carolina isContinue Reading

Charter schools: An ideal model of school management

“Does Management Matter in Schools” is the title of a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study of the “operations, targets and human resources management practices in over 1,800 schools educating 15-year-olds in eight countries.” Researchers from Stanford, Harvard, and the London School of Economics created a management index for each school by assessingContinue Reading

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