Terry Stoops

Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation
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)

  • “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Staff in Public Schools

    A new Heritage Foundation report by Jay Greene and James Paul examines the number of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) directors/superintendents among the nation’s largest K-12 school districts.  According to Greene and Paul, An analysis of student test-score data shows that employing a chief diversity officer (CDO) in K–12…
    Terry Stoops, October 19, 2021
  • Leandro is Just Part of the Progressive Policy Agenda

    Photos from the Leandro rally this weekend:  …
    Terry Stoops, October 18, 2021
  • Original Song and Music Video about Leandro v. State of North Carolina Released

    “North Carolina Belongs to Children” Words and Music by Peter Rawitsch © 2021…
    Terry Stoops, October 14, 2021
  • Biden administration launches war against parents

    Last week, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) declared that “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat” due to a “growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation” presumably from parents dissatisfied with the actions of school board members and administrators. NSBA…
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2021
  • NCAE uses photo of cheap political stunt to decry what newspaper claims is “cheap political stunt”

    Yesterday, the editors of the Charlotte Observer published an editorial complaining about the John Locke Foundation’s billboard campaign that encourages teachers to score a $500 raise by dropping their North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) membership.  The editors called the billboards a “cheap political stunt.” Amusingly, the NCAE…
    Terry Stoops, October 1, 2021
  • NC teacher retirement system great for taxpayers, average overall

    In Teacher Retirement Systems: A Ranking of the States, researchers from Bellweather Education Partners rank the teacher retirement systems of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report describes the 15+ variables used to create the ranking. North Carolina ranked 13 out of 51 overall.  States with…
    Terry Stoops, September 30, 2021
  • Number of homeschools increased by 2,722 between May and September

    In July, the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Education (NC DNPE) reported that the state had 112,614 homeschools in operation.  The estimated number of homeschool children was 179,900. I submitted a public information request to obtain the latest number of open schools. As of September 28, North Carolina had…
    Terry Stoops, September 29, 2021
  • Left and Right condemn The Daily Show segment ridiculing Johnston County parents

    Sara Pequeño of McClatchy’s North Carolina Opinion Team published a thoughtful response to The Daily Show segment ridiculing Johnston County parents. Klepper’s segment, “Finger the Pulse,” involves him going to different parts of the country to interview vocal conservatives on their political takes. His September 23 segment from Johnston…
    Terry Stoops, September 28, 2021