News & Observer

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    Ned Barnett Shout-Out

    I have never met Ned Barnett, the associate opinion editor of the News & Observer.  But he shows me a little love in an op-ed published today: Terry Stoops, vice president of research for the right-leaning John Locke Foundation, is the reliable defender of the Republicans’ educational malpractice. On…
    Terry Stoops, September 11, 2019
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    The Left’s new school funding argument

    On Thursday, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) published “Funding North Carolina’s Public Schools: Changes Since FY 2008-09.” The two-page note formed the basis of a piece by editorial page editor Ned Barnett (NB) of the News & Observer among others. I had hoped to provide a…
    Terry Stoops, September 23, 2014
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    Birds of a feather write together

    Compare and contrast the following statements from the same News & Observer article on the state budget: Article author Lynn Bonner: “Legislators are set to vote on a historic $20.6 billion budget this week that would have the state take a giant step toward further privatization of education…” Yevonne…
    Terry Stoops, July 22, 2013
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    Ladies and gentlemen, the N&O! (slow clap)

    Editorial of the year?  How can anyone top this one? To tell you the truth, our feelings were a little hurt when the news came that actress Claire Danes and her colleagues from the television show “Homeland” were filming in The Charlotte Observer newsroom. The good folks in Charlotte…
    Terry Stoops, June 3, 2013
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    Ladies and gentlemen, the N&O! [slow clap]

    Thank you, editors of the News & Observer, for publishing a letter from Mr. Leon DeBaer, who is (or was) a seventh-grade science teacher at Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School.  Here is the letter in its entirety: Try a teacher’s pay I must have missed the part of the…
    Terry Stoops, May 1, 2013
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    Morning laugh: N&O edition

    Today the editors of the News & Observer address Democratic Party chairman Randy Voller’s tax delinquency issues.  Apparently, he owes $286,000 in back taxes and penalties.  That’s not funny.  That’s kinda sad. The funny part is this quote: The Democratic Party is in trouble in North Carolina, and Republicans…
    Terry Stoops, March 5, 2013
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    Argumentation primer for lefties

    I spent quite a bit of time “arguing” with folks on the comment section of a News & Observer article highlighting the NEA’s “Rankings and Estimates” study, among other topics.  It was exhausting.  I don’t recommend it. Anyway, a few of the folks commenting on the article accused me…
    Terry Stoops, March 1, 2013
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    Shoddy N&O story on proposed online charter policy

    The News & Observer published a doozy of an article about today’s State Board of Education vote on a proposed policy framework for the establishment of virtual charter schools in North Carolina.  Lowlights include the following: First issue: Why include “Christopher Hill” and ” N.C. Justice Center” as tags…
    Terry Stoops, January 10, 2013