Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 7)

  • 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
  • N.C. charter schools boost civic outcomes

    According to a study published by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, The study, released in June, found that eighth-grade students in traditional public schools in North Carolina who transitioned to a charter high school had more positive behavioral outcomes than their peers who went on to a district…
    Terry Stoops, August 14, 2019
  • There is bipartisan support for calendar flexibility, so stop breaking the law

    In “Several School Systems Rebel Against NC Calendar Law By Opening Early,” Ann Doss Helms has the scoop. North Carolina’s school calendar law mandates that public schools open “no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26.” Yet public schools in Iredell County opened last week.  After…
    Terry Stoops, August 13, 2019