About: Terry Stoops

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NC Democratic staffer bullies activist on Twitter

Warning: The Twitter image below contains language that some may find offensive. Wes Kyatt, Research Associate for NCGA Democratic Leader Larry Hall, appeared to get a little upset at conservative activist Lady Liberty last night on Twitter. Of course, it is possible that the Twitter account does not belong to the actual Mr. Kyatt.  IfContinue Reading

Test scores disappointing for politicians and activists

Those hoping for big changes in student test scores will be disappointed by test results released today by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Liberals were hoping for a steep drop in student performance to back their silly claims that Republicans are trying to destroy public education.  Sorry. Conservatives were hoping for big increases inContinue Reading

Statewide graduation rate increases

Well, the NC Department of Public Instruction reports, “For the 10th consecutive year, North Carolina’s four-year cohort high school graduation rate is up and is now at 85.4 percent.”  On the surface, that is good news, but I wonder how many of those graduates are prepared to enter the workforce or an institution of higherContinue Reading

Higher percentage of charters earn a C or above

Hey, it’s test score day!  Compared to district schools, higher percentages of charter schools earned a school performance grade of A, B, or C last year.

NC teachers being voluntarily exploited by Gene Nichol

The thing to remember about Gene Nichol’s latest News & Observer op-ed, “NC teachers being voluntarily exploited,” is that it is simply the latest in a sustained narrative designed to embarrass and discredit legislative leaders and Governor McCrory.  Where in his op-ed does he offer anything that may be construed as a policy recommendation?  Indeed,Continue Reading

TX comptroller releases 50-state scorecard

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts published a nifty 50-state scorecard available here.  (For the rankings in each category, go here.) The scorecard includes a number of business, economic, demographic, and tax rankings for the 50 states. For example, North Carolina ranks 2nd in business tax burden but 49th in gas tax rate.  In addition,Continue Reading

Teacher “crisis” averted in Guilford County

In an article written by N.C. Policy Watch reporter Lindsay Wagner, Guilford County Schools (GCS) official Nora Carr sounded the alarm on the number of teacher vacancies in her district.  She blamed state legislators for the unfilled positions. I commented on the story here. Yesterday, the Greensboro News & Record published a “sidebar” (i.e., call asContinue Reading

Classroom rules c. 1899

In recognition that today is the first day of school for many students, I offer the the following, which comes from the North Carolina Journal of Education, Volume III, Number 5, December 1899:                               There is some good, timeless advice here.

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