Terry Stoops

Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 228)

  • Wake County: Long travels=lower scores

    Wake County’s response to the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has people talking.  According to the News & Observer, “School officials presented data this week showing that the academic performance of elementary and middle school students who are involuntarily assigned declined the…
    Terry Stoops, April 1, 2011
  • Spending (and not spending) Race to the Top money

    Education Week reports that school officials in North Carolina are reshuffling the state’s $400 million federal Race to the Top grant. North Carolina says it needs more time and to devote more money—about $2.9 million more—to plan and implement a new “instructional improvement system” that aims to use technology…
    Terry Stoops, March 31, 2011
  • Poll: A clear message on charters

    Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning firm, released results from a poll that asked respondents to evaluate various education reforms and proposals.  The bottom line is that North Carolinians like charter schools. Overall, 54 percent of North Carolinians supported charter schools.  Over 60 percent of Republicans and Independents supported charters, and…
    Terry Stoops, March 30, 2011
  • The business of education

    The Herald-Sun has a must-read editorial that summarizes a discussion between panelists at the 2011 State of Durham’s Economy breakfast.   So, what was the editor’s takeaway? The point — one of thousands along the line of argument about how to fix education in Durham — is that Durham’s economy…
    Terry Stoops, March 30, 2011
  • Tests are boring and school should be fun

    At a town hall hosted by the Univision, Barack Obama reflected on testing and student assessment.  According to the Associated Press, “One thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching the test because then you’re not learning about the world, you’re not learning about…
    Terry Stoops, March 29, 2011
  • 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