About: Terry Stoops

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Election eve email from DPI, media stories have much in common

Yesterday afternoon, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) sent a message to DPI staff and school superintendents. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson encouraged recipients to forward the following email to their employees and staff: From: Lynda Fuller <Lynda.Fuller@dpi.nc.gov> Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM To: For NC Superintendents Only <ncsuperintendents@lists.dpi.state.nc.us> Subject:Continue Reading

Holy early turnout, Batman!

It’s Election Day!  I arrived at my polling place (Fuquay Varina High School) around 25 minutes after polls opened and was voter 102.  I was a bit surprised, to be honest. Folks continued to pour in after I finally finished filling in those little ovals.  

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Urges vote, hasn’t voted in a decade

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants Iredell residents to “vote yes” on a school bond referendum next week. The problem is, according to an article in the Statesville Record & Landmark, “Earnhardt has not cast a single ballot since registering to vote in November 2004.”

Wake County Schools: Ignore released figures and wait until next year

Earlier today I summarized 2013-14 teacher turnover data for the state and Wake County. News & Observer reporter Keung Hui followed up my blog post with one of his own. I was critical of an April 2014 press conference that featured Wake County teachers and administrators warning of an “alarming” increase in teacher resignations.  DataContinue Reading

Despite dire warnings, teacher turnover rate dropped in Wake County

In April, a group of Wake County teachers and administrators held a press conference that warned of an “alarming” number of teacher resignations in the district during the first few months of the 2013-14 school year. “Good teachers are having to make hard decisions to leave our classrooms for a better future somewhere else orContinue Reading

Will UNC-CH professors admit that they were wrong?

The line starts to my right… From the News & Observer, July 30, 2013: Greg Copenhaver, a biology professor and member of the [Faculty Executive] committee, said there was no plot to cover up information to avoid NCAA scrutiny, only to avoid terminology that was misleading. The changes suggested by committee members, he said, wereContinue Reading

Iredell pro-bond group messes with Halloween

It’s bad enough that those who are promoting a facilities bond in Iredell County are using kids as props and public schools as distribution centers. Now they are messing with Halloween. But I am not worried.  I suspect that most pro-bond handouts will go the way of Necco Wafers and Mounds bars – in theContinue Reading

Education funding in the states

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a left-wing think tank that publishes research and funds like-minded state-based operations including the N.C. Justice Center. This week, CBPP published a report that examined education spending.  And N.C. Policy Watch, part of the organization that receives funding from CBPP, said the usual stuff about evilContinue Reading

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