Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 10)

  • How much did school districts spend last year?

    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released per-student expenditure data for the 2017-18 school year. While most districts increased spending from 2017 to 2018, 10 districts spent less.  Overall, the state per-student expenditure increased by $306 compared to the year before, a 3.3 percent increase.
    Terry Stoops, November 5, 2018
  • “Funded by taxpayers” message riles teachers

    Some teachers are not happy that their new insurance cards remind them that their benefits are paid by taxpayers. From a popular Facebook group:            …
    Terry Stoops, November 5, 2018
  • Teacher Pay: Recent Progress

    Since 2014, the N.C. General Assembly has signaled a commitment to raising pay for public school teachers. Over the last five years, the average salary increases approved by the state legislature have produced a 19.3 percent increase in average pay.  Competitive starting pay has been their specific focus.  According to the…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2018
  • Teacher Pay: How Much?

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) calculates teacher pay averages by February of each year.  Because NC DPI has not produced the official figure for the current school year, we use a salary estimate produced by analysts at the N.C. General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.  The Social…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2018
  • Teacher Pay: Scope and Method

    Last year, North Carolina public schools employed over 100,000 full-time teachers.  As a point of comparison, the largest single employer in the state, the University of North Carolina system, has just over 74,000 employees. The most common methods for raising teacher pay are embedding experience-based increases in the state salary…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2018
  • N.C. district spends $1 million on school bus wash facility

    According to the Statesville Free News, Iredell-Statesville Schools approved $1 million to build a facility that would wash their fleet of buses. One taxpayer thinks that it’s not money well spent.    …
    Terry Stoops, October 24, 2018
  • PolitiFact sets the record straight on teacher pay (kinda)

    Read: NC Democrat blames Republicans for low teacher pay. Why his claim is misleading Unfortunately, the article does not say a word about increases in total compensation.  After all, employee benefits were a $2.8 billion expenditure in 2017 and have increased susbstantially since the Great Recession.  Moreover, there is…
    Terry Stoops, October 23, 2018
  • ACT scores put the “tar” in Tar Heel

    According to ACT scores released today, only 18 percent of North Carolina high school students met college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math, and science.  And since 2014, North Carolina’s composite ACT score has barely budged and remains below the national average. According to Education Week, the national average…
    Terry Stoops, October 17, 2018