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)

  • Charter school deserts in North Carolina

    According to The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a charter school desert is “three or more contiguous census tracts that have poverty rates greater than 20 percent but that have no charter schools.”  And a new Fordham Institute report says that North Carolina has 14 of them. Nine charter deserts…
    Terry Stoops, April 26, 2018
  • Teachers choose protests over parents and children

    The N.C. Association of Educators has asked public school teachers to skip school on May 16 to participate in “advocacy day” activities.  Apparently, many Durham County teachers are planning to take a personal day to attend the event.  As a result, school officials are considering canceling classes for the…
    Terry Stoops, April 26, 2018
  • Adults believe that youngins are not prepared for success in the workforce

    Gallup conducted a survey on behalf of Communities In Schools to gauge whether adults believe that young men and women are prepared for college and career.  According to the poll results, which were released at the inaugural Milliken Dialogues and Policy Summit today, most adults are not…
    Terry Stoops, April 25, 2018
  • Charter school market shares by school district

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently published a map of charter school enrollment relative to district schools. Charter enrollment (as a percentage of district school population) is higher in Halifax, Northampton, Person, Vance, and Weldon City schools than in Durham County, which gets all the press.
    Terry Stoops, April 24, 2018
  • EIA reports NEA affiliate membership and finance data

    Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency recently published membership and financial data for all state affiliates of the National Education Association during the 2015-16 school year. According to the data, the North Carolina Association of Educators had a…
    Terry Stoops, April 24, 2018
  • NC projected to have the second-highest increase in education spending this year

    The National Education Association’s “Rankings of the States 2017 and Estimates of School Statistics 2018” is more than just a ranking of teacher pay and per-pupil expenditures.  It also includes personnel and budget data. The following table lists the projected percentage change in public school expenditures for the 2017-18…
    Terry Stoops, April 23, 2018
  • Adjusted teacher pay rank is 29th in the nation

    Earlier today, the National Education Association (NEA) released their annual Rankings and Estimates report.  According to the report, North Carolina’s average teacher salary for 2018 ranked 39th out of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. But the NEA ranking does not adjust for cost of living.  When C2ER…
    Terry Stoops, April 23, 2018
  • NEA: NC 37th for teacher pay, 39th for per-pupil spending

    WRAL’s  Kelly Hinchcliffe reports, North Carolina ranks 37th in the nation for average teacher pay, according to estimates released Monday by the National Education Association. The ranking is an estimate and can be revised later based on updated data. Last year, NEA estimated that North Carolina was…
    Terry Stoops, April 23, 2018