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)

  • The case against paying for master’s degrees in education

    From an article featured in Washington Monthly: The problem is that education master’s programs generally don’t produce better teachers. While programs vary greatly, and some stand above the rest, the teachers I interviewed told me that they had spent too much time on theory and not enough on practical teaching…
    Terry Stoops, January 14, 2020
  • NCAE membership drop

    Teacher union watchdog Mike Antonucci reports that the N.C. Association of Educators posted a 6 percent decrease in membership between 2017 and 2018. It was the third-largest year-to-year membership decline in the nation. According to annual financial disclosure reports for the Internal Revenue Service, the NCAE had 28,725 members and…
    Terry Stoops, January 13, 2020
  • Wild times in Johnston County

    The Johnston County Schools has an $8.8 million budget deficit, and school board member Ronald Johnson claimed that the superintendent and some school board members were up to no good.  In response, school board members pushed back on Johnson’s claims.  On Friday, interim school superintendent Jim Causby resigned.  Causby…
    Terry Stoops, January 13, 2020
  • NEPC: Zillow And Realtors contribute to school segregation

    The National Education Policy Center, an anti-school choice and pro-union outfit located in Colorado, attacks Realtors in their latest newsletter.  They write, How do renters or buyers judge the quality of the schools zoned to their prospective homes? Often it starts not with schools or teachers or students,…
    Terry Stoops, December 12, 2019
  • Districts lose 2,000 students, charters add 7,000 in 2019

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the average daily membership (ADM) figures for the second month of the 2019-20 school year.  Compared to the second month of the 2018-19 school year, districts enrolled 1,972 fewer students this year.  On the other hand, charter schools added 7,244 students. Wake County…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2019
  • Threat of closure leads to big turnaround for charter school

    WTVD reports the good news, Kestrel Heights Charter High School in Durham has gone from near closure to bright future. The school’s charter was set to expire in 2020, but now Kestrel Heights is one of only five charter schools in the state to be recommended for a 10-year renewal…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2019
  • What accounts for the drop in education school enrollment?

    Allana Akhtar’s Business Insider article on the teacher labor market is frustrating for many reasons.  Her argument is, “The drop in teacher training enrollment suggests that issues plaguing the profession — from low pay to dwindling funding — has discouraged potential educators, exacerbating the nationwide teacher shortage.”  But she offers…
    Terry Stoops, December 10, 2019
  • Teachers have hard time listing Gov. Cooper’s accomplishments

    The thread below is from my favorite Facebook group. First, these teachers know that Dan Forest is a formidable candidate.  Second, they could not name a single education-related accomplishment from the Cooper administration.  Sure, his allies will claim that standing with the N.C. Association of Educators and vetoing Republican budgets…
    Terry Stoops, December 6, 2019