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)

  • A glimpse into education school curriculum

    Notice that the paper must be on a “social justice issue related to education” and that she has already determined that the conservative “Congress man” is “basically someone who is working against public education.”…
    Terry Stoops, December 7, 2018
  • Study: Schools with police are no safer

    Keung Hui of the News & Observer has the details, A new report looking at security in North Carolina schools is challenging the belief that putting more police officers in schools will make them safer. The study of North Carolina middle schools found no relationship between increased funding for…
    Terry Stoops, November 26, 2018
  • The Opportunity Scholarship Program continues to grow

    The N.C. State Education Assistance Authority posted updated data on the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which awards private school vouchers to low-income children. Between 2017 and 2019, the Opportunity Scholarship Program had a 12.8 percent increase in applications and a 16 percent increase in recipients (so far).  Not bad!   2018-19…
    Terry Stoops, November 19, 2018
  • N.C. State adds doctoral specialization in social justice education

    Breitbart reports that the N.C. State Teacher Education and Learning Sciences Department will add a social justice education specialization to their Ph.D. program.  A press release outlines the goal of the new program. “The goal of the program is to help educators recognize and disrupt systems of oppression…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2018
  • NC is 7th on CER’s Parent Power Index

    On the Center for Education Reform’s (CER) 2018 Parent Power Index, North Carolina is ranked 7th in the nation with an overall PPI score of 73.0 percent.  CER writes, Things are looking up for parents of the Tarheel state. Improvements to the state’s charter law and school…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2018
  • Jay Mathews’ teacher policy fantasy

    “When it comes to education policy, leave it to the teachers — not the politicians” declares Jay Mathews in his latest Washington Post column.  It’s hard to believe that someone who has been writing about education for so long still gets so much wrong. Mathews believes that “I think…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2018
  • Teachers are plotting their next move

    Now the election is over, what should we expect from teachers?  Should we expect another walkout?  Maybe. On Facebook, teachers offered the following ideas: Continue the journey and love the kids March on Raleigh again Organize a union Just walk out of class one day I hope they choose No.
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2018
  • How much did school districts spend last year?

    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released per-student expenditure data for the 2017-18 school year. While most districts increased spending from 2017 to 2018, 10 districts spent less.  Overall, the state per-student expenditure increased by $306 compared to the year before, a 3.3 percent increase.
    Terry Stoops, November 5, 2018