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)

  • Teacher pay: 37th or 29th?

    Today, I received this email:                           Here is the current teacher pay ranking according to the News & Observer:    …
    Terry Stoops, April 8, 2019
  • GHS principal to white teachers: Check your privilege

    I am not familiar with the publication, The New Old North, but Kenneth Fine’s story of Goldsboro High School principal requiring that white teachers write a “cultural autobiography” is startling. Goldsboro High School principal Christopher D. Horne gave more than a dozen teachers — several of them…
    Terry Stoops, March 27, 2019
  • College admissions scandal hits Wake Forest

    According to the New York Times, Federal prosecutors charged dozens of people on Tuesday in a major college admission scandal that involved wealthy parents, including Hollywood celebrities and prominent business leaders, paying bribes to get their children into elite American universities. Thirty-three parents were charged in the case…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2019
  • N.C. is now 29th in the nation in average teacher pay

    I haven’t read the latest National Education Association (NEA) “Rankings and Estimates” study, but the Herald Sun reports, North Carolina has jumped several spots to an estimate of 29th in the nation in average teacher pay, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Education Association. The new NEA salary…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2019
  • Desperate NCAE fails to discredit average teacher salary figure

    In today’s News & Observer article, “Report says average NC teacher salary is nearly $54,000. But NCAE says that figure is ‘skewed,’” the leader of the N.C. Association of Educators questions an average teacher salary calculation that has used the same methodology for 17 years. But NCAE president Mark Jewell…
    Terry Stoops, March 7, 2019
  • N.C. average teacher salary makes big jump, reaches $53,975

    Hot off the presses from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction:                   The average jumped from $51,234 in 2017-18 to $53,975 in 2018-19.  That is a $2,741 or a 5.3 percent increase.
    Terry Stoops, March 6, 2019
  • Cooper proposes “a gradual elimination” of Opportunity Scholarships

    In the proposed budget released this morning, Gov. Cooper wages war on low-income parents and children by cutting off their access to $4,200 private school scholarships: Opportunity Scholarship Program Reduces funding to reflect a gradual elimination of the program and associated changes to the statutory appropriations to the reserve…
    Terry Stoops, March 6, 2019