Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 194)

  • 2011 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll released

    The 2011 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is out.  The prize for the worst question goes to the following: “Generally speaking, do you hear more good stories or bad stories about teachers in the news media?”  Approximately 68 percent of respondents said “yes” and…
    Terry Stoops, August 18, 2011
  • NC public schools still need hundreds of teachers

    As a courtesy to Locker Room readers, I checked the North Carolina Public Schools Application System (NCPSAS) this morning.  The website lists 644 traditional public school jobs, including approximately 260 open teaching positions. Among large districts that do not use the NCPSAS, Wake County Schools has 111 teaching positions…
    Terry Stoops, August 18, 2011
  • The Perry Problem

    No, I am not talking about Rick Perry.  I am talking about Democratic political strategist Perry Woods. As you may recall, a company called Brave New Films produced a documentary that accused the Koch brothers of using their fortune to re-segregate the Wake County Schools.  (Quick review: 0 out…
    Terry Stoops, August 17, 2011
  • My interview with Brave New Films

    A few months ago, the studio that produced the recent “guerrila” documentary on the Koch brothers, Brave New Films, sent a camera crew to the John Locke Foundation offices.  Their target was Americans for Prosperity, who have offices in our building, but they got me instead.  I am…
    Terry Stoops, August 16, 2011
  • NC and 20 other states passed concussion laws this year

    A very interesting article in Education Week tackles the issue of concussion laws.  According to the article, only 11 states had a concussion law on the books at this time last year.  This year, North Carolina was one of 20 states and the District of Columbia to pass legislation…
    Terry Stoops, August 11, 2011
  • The Pre-K crystal ball

    The editors of the News & Observer crack me up. In their latest missive, they insist that state legislators should have seen Judge Howard Manning’s ruling on pre-kindergarten programs “from miles away.”  Really?  If it is was so obvious, then why didn’t the editors of the N&O see…
    Terry Stoops, August 9, 2011
  • Atkinson: Test score drop reflects “continued education cuts…”

    According to the News & Observer, State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson argued, “I do believe that these [test score] drops reflect the continued education cuts we’ve had to make the past few years.” A few thoughts on the claim: 1. If Atkinson is going to make this argument, she…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
  • Graduation rates: Charters vs. traditional public schools

    Last year, charter schools had a graduation rate of 78.8 percent, which was slightly lower than the 80.9 percent rate posted by regular/traditional public schools. Keep in mind that over 104,000 traditional public school students were eligible for graduation, compared to around 1,400 charter school students.  Because of this difference,…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011