Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 8)

  • 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
  • CMS takes a chance on Earnest Winston

    The Charlotte Observer reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education hired Earnest Winston to be their new superintendent. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board moved swiftly Friday to name acting superintendent Earnest Winston to the job long-term under a three-year contract. He becomes the district’s fifth superintendent in little more than eight years.
    Terry Stoops, August 2, 2019
  • Stay classy, N.C. Teachers United!

    Reasoned debate with these folks is impossible, but I thank Mr. Parmenter for alerting N.C. Teachers United readers to my article.  Such a gentleman! And, for the record, I don’t think I have ever met Sid Baker.  …
    Terry Stoops, July 31, 2019
  • Teacher vacancy “panic” and out-of-state recruiting existed 20 years ago

    Stories like “Teacher shortage has NC looking elsewhere to recruit” mislead when they claim that “looking elsewhere” is a “new approach to recruiting teachers.” For example, the July 26, 1999, Rocky Mount Telegram story posted below indicates that district representatives traveled to Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island to recruit teachers.  And…
    Terry Stoops, July 31, 2019
  • Wake school board should intervene in lawsuit against critic

    WTVD has the details of the lawsuit against MVP curriculum critic Blain Dillard, A parent whose child goes to a high school in the Wake County Public School System has been sued after criticizing the math curriculum used in the district. Utah-based “Mathematics Vision Project” or “MVP,” filed a lawsuit…
    Terry Stoops, July 31, 2019
  • Untrustworthy website: NC schools rank 31st in the nation

    Oh, Wallethub, what are we going to do with you? You tell us that North Carolina’s public schools are 31st in the nation and 4th in the Southeast, but it is so hard to trust you.  For example, ACT scores are not adjusted for participation rate, so states that…
    Terry Stoops, July 29, 2019
  • When school turnarounds backfire: North Carolina’s effort offers a cautionary tale

    Matt Barnum’s Chalkbeat article referenced in the title examines state efforts to provide support and resources to poor-performing schools.  Barnum writes, A few years ago, North Carolina school officials looked at a group of the state’s struggling schools and decided: we need to help. State officials designed a…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2019
  • School vacancy panic 2019 is here

    Every year, stories about the number of school position vacancies circulate online.  One reason why the stories have been popular in recent years is that they feed a familiar narrative, namely that the Republican-led General Assembly has made teaching in North Carolina public schools undesirable.  The Teaching Working Conditions…
    Terry Stoops, July 24, 2019