Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 153)

  • More college graduates or more entrepreneurs?

    On Monday, President Obama remarked, “The best economic policy is one that produces more college graduates.”  Ira Stoll disagrees, It seems to me that president is wrong, and that the best economic policy is not one that “produces more college graduates,” but one that produces more entrepreneurs. If…
    Terry Stoops, March 16, 2011
  • Why Every Kid in America Doesn’t Need to Be Educated

    In an amusing satire, political humorist Frank Fleming asks, “Do we really want all of us to be a bunch of educated people who never do anything useful — like the Obama administration but for the whole country?”  Here is a sample: Is there a benefit to educating everybody…
    Terry Stoops, March 15, 2011
  • CMS Middle and High School Costs Higher than Average

    Most parents are willing to pay the bills for new public school buildings if they’re getting their money’s worth. But few Charlotte-Mecklenburg parents have any idea if the school system is building schools as efficiently as possible. Thanks to Wake County taxpayers, parents here now have a new tool to help them get the biggest bang for their bucks. Last year, CMS officials participated in a comprehensive study of new school construction costs commissioned by a Wake study group. The 324-page report unveiled in January offered a comprehensive and careful analysis of site development, building materials and building systems costs of new school construction in North Carolina, Nevada, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida school districts. Two independent consulting firms gathered data on 156 school construction projects bid since 2000. The consultants normalized the construction costs to account for variations in bid date and local construction conditions, ensuring apples-to-apples comparisons. They also broke down the construction costs into 16 standard construction trade categories or CSI divisions. The breakdown of costs according to CSI divisions allows district-to-district comparisons of the cost of mechanical and electrical systems, site development, materials, finishes, equipment, and the like.
    Terry Stoops, November 2, 2007