Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 178)

  • Betts: Charter bill a “natural reaction” to years of Democratic obstructionism

    Charlotte Observer columnist Jack Betts provides much needed context to the charter school debate: Proposals to raise the cap each year were advanced but those who thought charters threatened traditional public schools managed to block bills that would allow a half dozen or more new charter schools to get…
    Terry Stoops, March 28, 2011
  • How moral crusading makes us look stupid

    A recent blog post by Rick Hess nails it: One of my least favorite things about education is how eagerly we turn sensible discussions into bizarrely polarizing moral crusades. Aided by competing, mindless invocations of “it’s for the kids,” we manage to turn otherwise sensible discussions about school…
    Terry Stoops, March 24, 2011
  • Time to comment on the Alves plan

    On February 11, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Education Partnership released a proposed assignment plan formulated by consultant Michael Alves.  The NAACP of North Carolina, Great Schools in Wake Coalition, Mayor Charles Meeker, NC H.E.A.T, and their comrades have not commented on the plan.
    Terry Stoops, March 22, 2011
  • N&O editorial on charter schools is hinky

    Editors of the News & Observer declare, Sometimes there are good reasons why a bill doesn’t just sail through the General Assembly, even when one party that is pushing it holds substantial majorities in both houses. That’s the case with legislation that goes way too far in lifting the…
    Terry Stoops, March 17, 2011
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day

    Terry Stoops, March 17, 2011
  • 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