Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies
Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the program assistant for the Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. After crossing the Mason-Dixon Line, he taught English at Spotsylvania High School and served as an adjunct instructor in professional communication at the University of Mary Washington. He was a research assistant in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.

Stoops earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Clarion University and a master’s degree in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education. He received a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education.

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 1)

  • More WalletHub nonsense

    WTVD reports that “WalletHub ranks North Carolina as one of the worst states for teachers.”  As usual, North Carolina does not rank in the bottom five of any variable used to rank the “teacher-friendliness” of states (perhaps with the exception of teacher union strength), but it magically appears…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2018
  • CBC’s ridiculous teacher pay “editorial”

    Capitol Broadcasting Company, which is owned by multimillionaire backers of multiple left-wing advocacy organizations, decided to opine on teacher pay today.  It is a pretty amusing piece.  This passage, for example, is trying to make one point but actually makes another: First, average teacher pay – the average salary…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2018
  • Campaign literature?

    Teachers are crying foul over a request to distribute a school safety flier produced by Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson and co-sponsored by a handful of public school advocacy organizations (that do not necessarily share Johnson’s vision for public schools).  What do you think?  Is this too political?…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2018
  • Brookings: States “deprived state governments of revenue”

    I’ll write about the entire Brookings study, Fixing Chronic Disinvestment in K-12 Schools, sometime soon.  For now, I’ll mention that this line did not sit well with me: Some of these cuts, particularly those made immediately following the recession, were a result of economic forces outside of states’ control. Once…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2018
  • Days after hurricane, Red4EdNC criticizes Republican lawmakers for bond decision

    Leave it to Red4EdNC to use the hurricane to criticize Republican lawmakers for refusing to put a school construction bond referendum on the November ballot. Why not follow the lead of the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), which has set politics aside and simply asked people to help? Yes,…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2018
  • Should schools provide support services to students?

    Denise Superville’s Education Week article, In Some Cities, Closing Achievement Gaps Is Not for Schools to Fix Alone, examines the role of schools in providing social services to students.  She writes, The idea is that focusing on student’s individual needs in four areas—academics, health, family, and social-emotional well-being—and matching…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2018
  • Ten jobs that are safe from robots

    If you are ready to launch a career or start a new one, this Hechinger Report article is for you! Here are ten jobs that are safe from robots: • Automotive body and glass repairs • Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians…
    Terry Stoops, September 18, 2018
  • Will teachers’ post-retirement benefits break the bank?

    In Education Next, Chad Aldeman, a principal at Bellwether Education Partners and the editor of TeacherPensions.org, writes, The escalating costs are poised to raise the profile of these post-employment health benefits. And the ensuing debate is sure to raise broader questions about what districts owe their retirees and…
    Terry Stoops, September 18, 2018