Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 4)

  • Teacher responses to “diversity inventory” assignment are appalling

    Yesterday, I mentioned the controversy over a “diversity inventory” assignment given to 10th graders at Heritage High School in Wake County. Today, I am reading through some Facebook responses from public school teachers.  While most teachers do not appear to object to the “diversity inventory” itself, many objected to…
    Terry Stoops, August 30, 2019
  • Parent of Heritage H.S. student concerned about “diversity inventory” assignment

    A 10th grade English teacher at Heritage High School in Wake County distributed a “diversity inventory” to students in her class.  A concerned parent posted an image of the assignment on Facebook. It’s not clear how the teacher planned to use the information or the origin of the worksheet, but…
    Terry Stoops, August 29, 2019
  • A good teacher vacancy story

    Last week, Carolina Journal published my op-ed that criticized teacher vacancy panic.  It is refreshing to find news articles that do not follow the media template.  Eric Wildstein of the Gaston Gazette writes, With Gaston’s public schools opening their doors to students Monday, most classrooms will again have permanent…
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2019
  • Allow taxpayers to opt out of tax refund plan

    North Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would refund $900 million to taxpayers.  Carolina Journal reporter Lindsay Marchello writes, The bill intends to refund $900 million in surplus tax revenue. Lawmakers learned earlier this summer that income-tax payments and sales-tax collections ran higher than expected. Republican legislative leaders want…
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2019
  • N.C. teachers chat about “no zeros” grading policy

    My favorite Facebook page, North Carolina Teachers United, has an interesting thread about no zeros grading policies.  Teachers are not allowed to give students a zero on an assignment, even if they do not complete it. Teachers seem to like it, even though it sends the wrong message to children.
    Terry Stoops, August 21, 2019
  • 2019 Education Next Poll is out!

    Results from the 13th annual Education Next survey of public opinion have been released.   Here are the top ten findings: 1. Vouchers and tax credits. The percentage of American adults favoring vouchers that help low-income students cover the cost of private-school tuition has risen to 49% in 2019…
    Terry Stoops, August 20, 2019
  • Why can’t math just be math?

    Today, the Cabarrus County Schools is hosting the Global Education Summit 2019, a project of UNC World View.  Here is the description: World View partners are invited to kick off the school year with a global mindset. Join Cabarrus County Schools and World View for a free global education…
    Terry Stoops, August 15, 2019
  • Baker Mitchell: “The Smear Campaign Against Charters”

    In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, Baker Mitchell, founder of the North Carolina-based Roger Bacon Academy charter schools, confronts charges that North Carolina charters are producing resegregation.  Mitchell writes, Charges of racism are intended to divert attention from the failure of traditional public schools to…
    Terry Stoops, August 14, 2019