Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 150)

  • The class size debate…continued…again

    It is interesting to see “progressives” applaud the Senate GOP for their effort to reduce class sizes in the early grades.  (But don’t get them wrong, they still hate – HATE – the Senate education budget proposal.)  I particularly enjoyed their claims about JLF’s response to the Senate proposal:…
    Terry Stoops, May 26, 2011
  • Hot topic: class sizes

    Two weeks ago, I outlined my objections to the NC Senate majority’s plan to reduce class sizes in grades K-3.  The following details why: Recent studies of class sizes in North Carolina public schools (see below) suggest that there is a weak or no significant relationship between small class…
    Terry Stoops, May 25, 2011
  • Kudos to Senator Phil Berger

    Senate Leader Phil Berger hit one out of the park.  In a News & Observer article describing various features of the Senate education budget, Berger commented, Unfortunately the debate about education in North Carolina has concentrated on who’s spending more money, without an appropriate analysis of where the dollars…
    Terry Stoops, May 19, 2011
  • Changes needed to the early education certification law

    S.L. 2010-178 is a law that imposes burdensome and costly certification requirements on child care and early education teachers and providers.  The law mandates that teaching staff and providers working in licensed child care centers or licensed family child care homes have their education certified by the North Carolina Institute…
    Terry Stoops, May 19, 2011
  • Reflections on the Carolina Issues Poll

    NC Policy Watch released the May 2011 edition of its Carolina Issues Poll. It is pretty interesting stuff, particularly this question: 1) Because of the national recession, the state faces a revenue shortfall reaching $3.7 billion. Without additional revenue, addressing the shortfall will mean a cuts-only approach that requires…
    Terry Stoops, May 18, 2011
  • Bill Anderson, education, and democracy

    In a Charlotte Observer op-ed, Bill Anderson, executive director of Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education, asks the question, “Do we no longer see education as the cornerstone of democracy?” We could spend a lot of time considering the “we” and defining “education” and pondering the needs of a thriving…
    Terry Stoops, May 18, 2011
  • “Green” schools push by feds

    According to an eSchool News report, The U.S. Education Department (ED) created the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. The new awards program will receive support from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and…
    Terry Stoops, May 17, 2011
  • Education layoffs in New Hanover County: Blame Obama

    Much of the state and local media has ignored the fact that the expiration of federal stimulus funding is one of the major reasons why school districts will be forced to reduce faculty and staff at the end of the school year. School districts were aware of the so-called “funding…
    Terry Stoops, May 13, 2011