Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 5)

  • Teacher Pay: Scope and Method

    Last year, North Carolina public schools employed over 100,000 full-time teachers.  As a point of comparison, the largest single employer in the state, the University of North Carolina system, has just over 74,000 employees. The most common methods for raising teacher pay are embedding experience-based increases in the state salary…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2018
  • N.C. district spends $1 million on school bus wash facility

    According to the Statesville Free News, Iredell-Statesville Schools approved $1 million to build a facility that would wash their fleet of buses. One taxpayer thinks that it’s not money well spent.    …
    Terry Stoops, October 24, 2018
  • PolitiFact sets the record straight on teacher pay (kinda)

    Read: NC Democrat blames Republicans for low teacher pay. Why his claim is misleading Unfortunately, the article does not say a word about increases in total compensation.  After all, employee benefits were a $2.8 billion expenditure in 2017 and have increased susbstantially since the Great Recession.  Moreover, there is…
    Terry Stoops, October 23, 2018
  • ACT scores put the “tar” in Tar Heel

    According to ACT scores released today, only 18 percent of North Carolina high school students met college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math, and science.  And since 2014, North Carolina’s composite ACT score has barely budged and remains below the national average. According to Education Week, the national average…
    Terry Stoops, October 17, 2018
  • NC ranks 12th in quality and 6th in efficiency in new education ranking

    In Reason magazine’s “Everything You Know About State Education Rankings Is Wrong,” Stan Liebowitz and Matthew L. Kelly rethink the ranking of state education systems.  They write, To better capture the real state of play, we recently conducted a detailed investigation of state education rankings. We built a new set of rankings…
    Terry Stoops, October 8, 2018
  • Facebook freakout

    Joel Kaplan, a senior executive at Facebook, attended a recent congressional hearing to support his friend, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Cue the freakout! Following the appearance, many employees felt that Kaplan’s presence at the hearing signaled that Facebook as a company had endorsed Judge Kavanaugh. They expressed their discontent in…
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2018
  • Lehman: Breakthroughs will come from think tanks, not universities

    Claire Lehman is the founding editor of Quillette, a fabulous website that should be part of your daily reading list.  She sees a bull market for think tanks and scientific organizations that operate outside of the academy.
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2018
  • Pay teachers like South Carolina does?

    At a panel discussion this morning, I objected to a talking point that a fellow participant used during the event.  He complained that North Carolina’s teacher salaries were losing ground to South Carolina.  I pointed out that South Carolina’s public schools receive a much higher percentage of its funding from…
    Terry Stoops, October 4, 2018