Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 6)

  • School boards have a transparency problem

    In honor of Sunshine Week, WRAL outlines a few of the problems that journalists face when they try to obtain minutes from closed sessions of school board and State Board of Education meetings.  Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis gets a well-deserved mention in the article. One thing boards sometimes refuse…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2018
  • Do Republicans and Democrats really agree on education issues?

    The latest High Point University Poll concludes that “NC Republicans and Democrats agree on education issues.”  That’s news to me. After an examination of the poll, I suspect the supposed agreement is a consequence of the pollsters’ decision to focus on benefits and not costs.  For example, Q: The…
    Terry Stoops, March 9, 2018
  • Retirement costs and teacher pay: West Virginia edition

    After nine days on the picket line, teachers in West Virginia are headed back to the classroom.  Gov. James Justice signed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that gives teachers the pay increase they demanded. Chad Alderman at the Teacher Pensions Blog points out that in West…
    Terry Stoops, March 8, 2018
  • A retired teacher’s view of the Teacher Working Conditions Survey

    I received a thought-provoking response to Lindsay Marchello’s Carolina Journal article on the N.C. Teacher Working Conditions Survey. Administrators usually make a big deal over teachers completing this survey. The K[indergarten] teacher I referenced is a gifted teacher and well-respected by her staff. I often sought her advice and input…
    Terry Stoops, March 7, 2018
  • Total state public school appropriations near $9 billion mark

    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget 2018.  I have already noted that the average base teacher salary is now $51,214, an increase of $1,245 over the year before. Here is a summary of state education appropriations since…
    Terry Stoops, March 5, 2018
  • Average teacher salary in N.C. surges to $51,000+

    This week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget 2018.  The report indicates that the average base salary is now $51,214, an increase of $1,245 or 2 percent over the year before. It is important to recognize that the average salary…
    Terry Stoops, March 2, 2018
  • U.S. News: N.C. has 16th best education system in the nation

    U.S. News published the 2018 Best States Rankings this week.  McKinsey & Company used over 75 metrics and thousands of data points to create the annual ranking of states.  Congratulations to Iowa for hitting the top spot.  North Carolina was ranked 23rd overall. The education ranking metrics included higher…
    Terry Stoops, March 2, 2018
  • Math whiz kid still forced to take Algebra

    Paul Rosu is a 11-year-old sixth-grader at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill who earned the highest score possible on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam last year.  He is auditing a Differential Equation Lab math course at UNC-Chapel Hill.  And, yet, he’s apparently still required to take Math…
    Terry Stoops, February 28, 2018