Wake County Schools

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    Salaries of teachers mentioned in Cooper’s State of the State

    Last year, an intern and I attempted to obtain public school employee salary data for each of North Carolina’s 115 school districts.  The N.C. Department of Public Instruction does not maintain a central database of employee compensation information.  As a result, we were forced to contact each district and requested…
    Terry Stoops, March 14, 2017
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    Busing not the “best way to improve black or Hispanic achievement”

    The Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution just published “Bringing back busing: Do benefits outweigh cost?,” a must-read article on forced busing.  The author is David J. Armor, Professor Emeritus at George Mason University, who has written extensively on the subject. The…
    Terry Stoops, August 23, 2016
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    Merrill and Neter refuse to identify main cause of funding gap

    In an email sent to Wake County Schools staff, Superintendent Jim Merrill and Chief Operating Officer David Neter skirt the fact that the county commission, not the N.C. General Assembly, is responsible for their multi-million dollar budget shortfall.  They wrote, Tuesday afternoon we presented recommendations to our School Board…
    Terry Stoops, July 20, 2016
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    Wake County Schools budget shortfall

    Why does the Wake County Schools have a budget shortfall?  Let’s review. County commissioners gave the school system $11.8 million less than requested by the school board.  Given that Democrats control both the county commission and the school board, there is a popcorn-worthy fight around the corner. The Republicans…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2016
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    Wake teachers receive discipline survey from feds

    In response to allegations of discriminatory discipline practices, Wake County public school teachers received the following email from the federal Office of Civil Rights: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education is conducting an investigation of this…
    Terry Stoops, June 6, 2016
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    Choice Media highlights Benton’s remarks

    Courtesy of incomparable Bob Bowden, founder of Choice Media:…
    Terry Stoops, December 10, 2015
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    School board chair admits school choice improves quality

    I pledge to use the following quote every time I talk about school choice and competition and encourage you to do the same: “In the past, public schools could assign students to wherever they wanted to because parents couldn’t make a choice to leave the public schools,” [Wake County school…
    Terry Stoops, December 9, 2015
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    Wake’s math acceleration: Diversity up, achievement mediocre

    Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) initiated a program that directed more students into an accelerated track leading to 8th grade algebra. According to a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, that effort yielded mixed results.  In “Early Math Coursework…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2015