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)

  • State revenues as a percentage of total public school revenues

    The National Center for Education Statistics recently published The Condition of Education 2020, which is a compendium of education statistics and data collected and compiled by NCES researchers. One of the more interesting data points is state revenues as a percentage of total public school revenues.  In the Southeast,…
    Terry Stoops, May 26, 2020
  • Meaningless statistic hits highest point in over decade

    Public school advocacy groups claim that public school appropriation as a percent of the North Carolina General Fund is indicative of the legislature’s commitment to public schools.  Instead, it mostly reflects the expansion of other parts of the state budget, particularly health and human services. Regardless, the next time someone…
    Terry Stoops, May 19, 2020
  • AFC poll: 40% of families are more likely to homeschool, enroll in virtual schools

    The American Federation for Children (AFC) released results from a new national poll.  (All AFC polling can be found at www.schoolchoicepolling.com.) According to the survey, 40% of families say they are more likely to homeschool or enroll in virtual schools after lockdowns end.  For…
    Terry Stoops, May 15, 2020
  • Teachers admit that students are not receiving a quality education via remote learning

    On Facebook, a teacher asked her colleagues, “Yes or no, do you feel your students are receiving a quality education via remote learning?”  Of the 265+ comments, I had a hard time finding a “yes” in the bunch.
    Terry Stoops, May 13, 2020
  • Survey: Parents want schools to remain closed until there is no health risk

    The National Parents Union partnered with Echelon Insights to conduct a coronavirus impact survey.  Of the 500 parents that responded to the online survey, two-thirds say that they do not want schools to reopen unless there is no health risk. State education leaders need to begin thinking about…
    Terry Stoops, May 12, 2020
  • Expand choice for parents who worry about coronavirus exposure at school

    A recent EdChoice poll indicates that parents are worried about their children getting exposed to coronavirus at school.  As such, wouldn’t it be a good time to remove caps on virtual charter schools?  (Yes, the answer is yes.)…
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2020
  • Kirk deViere fundraising email fact check

    In his latest fundraising email, State Sen. Kirk deViere claims that “our teachers have gone years without a meaningful pay raise.”                         While we can dispute the meaning of the word “meaningful,” I would say that the…
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2020