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)

  • Guilford County Schools superintendent grateful N.C. legislature has increased public education funding

    Dr. Sharon Contreras, superintendent Guilford County Schools (GCS), testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor today. In her written testimony, she thanked the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly for increasing state appropriations for public schools.  She wrote, “I am grateful that the North Carolina state legislature has increased public education funding…
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2019
  • Guilford County Schools’ chief of staff’s teacher pay claim questioned

    Today, the U.S. House Education & Labor Committee held a hearing, “Underpaid Teachers and Crumbling Schools: How Underfunding Public Education Shortchanges America’s Students,” that included Dr. Sharon Contreras, the superintendent of Guilford County Schools (GCS). There was plenty of passionate debate during the committee meeting, but the…
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2019
  • Has Durham Public Schools learned anything from parents who opt out?

    Here is a passage from a recent op-ed published in the News & Observer, Families choosing to not enroll in Durham Public Schools give us the important message that they don’t think their needs will be met. We need to listen to them and learn from that feedback — but…
    Terry Stoops, February 7, 2019
  • Before you rage about the ice cream bill, get the whole story

    Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston) filed House Bill 30, which would make ice cream the official state frozen treat.  The bill was filed on behalf of a teacher who wanted to show students how a bill (hopefully) becomes a law. 3/3 or 4. I said…
    Terry Stoops, February 6, 2019
  • Charter school membership by district

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the latest charter school membership data.  DPI researchers calculated the average daily membership (ADM) of charter schools as a percentage of total public school enrollment.
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2019
  • Despite complaints and booming economy, teachers remain in profession

    The N.C. State Board of Education posted the draft 2017-2018 State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina report this weekend. All 115 LEAs reported their district-level employment data for the 2017-2018 reporting period. The calculations show that out of the 94,909 teachers employed during the 2016-2017 school year,…
    Terry Stoops, February 2, 2019
  • NCAE adopts controversial “raised fist” image

    I’m not sure what to make of the raised fist image that the N.C. Association of Educators now uses on their social media pages.  It has an Antifa vibe.
    Terry Stoops, January 28, 2019
  • N.C. fares well on school choice purchasing power ranking

    EdChoice ranks private school choice programs based on their purchasing power, that is, a comparison of “each program’s most recent per-pupil spending to the state’s (or D.C.’s) average per-pupil spending in public schools.”  EdChoice researchers evaluated 63 programs, including three from North Carolina. Two of North Carolina’s programs –…
    Terry Stoops, January 24, 2019