Terry Stoops

Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 228)

  • The Democrats’ faux compassion

    A compromise charter school bill is headed to Governor Perdue.  Yesterday, the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the conference committee version of SB 8: No Cap on Number of Charter Schools. The bill lifts the 100-school cap, allows charter schools to grow by 20 percent each year, and establishes…
    Terry Stoops, June 10, 2011
  • Nesbitt circulates misleading chart

    According to the Charlotte Observer, Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt this afternoon sent around a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board. It suggests that most Southern states are increasing spending on education, not cutting it, and that North Carolina is cutting at all levels of education more…
    Terry Stoops, June 9, 2011
  • Graduation rate mystery

    You may have read reports that North Carolina’s graduation rate for African-American students was “the third best in the country at 72.3 percent.” The statistic came from the 2011 Diplomas Count report, an annual report published by Education Week.  Education Week examined graduation rates from 1998 to 2008,…
    Terry Stoops, June 8, 2011
  • Staggering private-sector job loss in Charlotte

    According to an article in the Charlotte Business Journal, The nation’s 100 biggest labor markets have fewer private-sector jobs today than they did three years ago, according to an analysis by The Business Journals, the online division of the Charlotte Business Journal’s parent company, American City…
    Terry Stoops, June 7, 2011
  • North Carolina posts large increase in 10-year graduation rate

    Education Week‘s Diplomas Count 2011 study tracked statewide graduation rate increases from 1998-2008.  North Carolina’s increase (15.4 percent) was second only to Tennessee (20.0 percent) and far outpaced the national average (6.1 percent).  New York, Florida, and New Jersey round out the top five states. North Carolina posted an…
    Terry Stoops, June 7, 2011
  • CMS part of “dropout epicenter”

    According to Education Week‘s Diplomas Count 2011 study, 25 school systems “account for one in every five nongraduates nationwide for the class of 2011.”  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) just makes the list with 4,787 projected nongraduates.  New York City and Los Angeles public schools top the list with 39,669 and…
    Terry Stoops, June 7, 2011
  • Questioning the adoption of the ACT test

    JunkScienceMom tries to make sense of a proposal that would require North Carolina’s high school students to take the ACT (and related) exams.  Read Part 1 for an overview of the proposal and Part 2 for an account of a similar initiative in Michigan.  I highly recommend both.
    Terry Stoops, June 6, 2011
  • Hurry up, change the subject!

    Today, NC Policy Watch references my Daily Journal article.  The article explained how the loss of federal stimulus and EduJobs funds may force school districts to lay off personnel.  My critic says, Now the hypocritical part.  Republican Senator Jerry Tillman said this week on the…
    Terry Stoops, June 3, 2011