Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 4)

  • What the Left really thinks about school choice families

    Consider this passage from Rob Schofield of N.C. Policy Watch: Think about it: School can be hard. You’re a parent with less-than-perfect recollections of your own school experience. The news is full of stories about school funding problems. The public school to which your child is assigned is a…
    Terry Stoops, October 15, 2019
  • What is equity in education? It’s not clear.

    I have been trying to learn about equity in education recently. The always-reliable Wikipedia says, Educational equity depends on two main factors. The first is fairness, which implies that factors specific to one’s personal conditions should not interfere with the potential of academic success. The second important factor…
    Terry Stoops, October 8, 2019
  • Preliminary figures show enrollment drop in CMS

    WFAE reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have 465 fewer students than a year ago. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has seen its first significant enrollment drop, according to a report posted Monday. And the district’s Hispanic enrollment hit a milestone as well. CMS has 146,687 students this year, down by 465 from…
    Terry Stoops, October 8, 2019
  • NC Democrats want to limit school choice

    “Democrats who want to lead NC schools are critical of vouchers, charter schools,” is the headline of an article describing a meeting of the N.C. Caucus of Black School Board Members that included Democratic candidates for superintendent of public instruction. Here are direct quotes from the candidates: N.C. State…
    Terry Stoops, October 7, 2019
  • Mecklenburg County taxpayers asked to approve sales tax “for the children”

    A Facebook friend posted a flier that proponents of the proposed Mecklenburg County sales tax increase have sent to residents of the county.                                     According to an article published…
    Terry Stoops, October 2, 2019
  • RAND: Restorative justice program did not live up to promise

    RAND recently published its evaluation of a Pittsburgh Public Schools initiative, “Pursuing Equitable and Restorative Communities” (PERC), that used nonpunitive approaches, rather than traditional punishments like detention and suspension, to address student misbehavior.  Researchers employed a randomized controlled trial to assess the effects of the program on student behavior, academic…
    Terry Stoops, October 1, 2019
  • NCTQ: Master’s degrees for teachers are “ineffective and expensive”

    Kency Nittler of the National Council on Teacher Quality takes a look at compensation for master’s degrees in the 124 largest school districts in the nation.  She finds, Of the ten districts that do not offer additional pay, five are in North Carolina (a state that prohibits the practice),…
    Terry Stoops, September 26, 2019
  • Should we bring cursive writing back to schools? NC already did

    Hetty Roessingh, professor and researcher at the University of Calgary, concludes: Our society impoverishes children if we don’t learn from those who have gone before us. People who learn how to spell and to develop legible, fluent handwriting will have tools at their avail to confidently express themselves and…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2019