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    “Best state” rankings or whatever

    U.S. News and World Report sucked me into clicking on a link to their Best States Rankings.  I have no idea when it was released this year.  Man, what a waste of my time. Anyway, North Carolina was #18 on the list. The state scores highest (#4) in the…
    Terry Stoops, December 4, 2019
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    Clickbait website: N.C. is 28th best state for teachers

    Classic clickbait website Wallethub released their “2019’s Best & Worst States for Teachers” ranking.  (Click here if you must see it for yourself.) Among states in the southeast, North Carolina outranks Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Louisiana.  Interestingly, Kentucky is the top state in the region, followed…
    Terry Stoops, September 23, 2019
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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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    Some publication that I don’t read: NC 4th best state for business

    Chief Executive magazine says that North Carolina the 4th best state for business in 2019, one spot lower than last year.  Texas, Florida, and Tennessee are the top three states.  Illinois, New York, and California are the bottom three.
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2019
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    List of Best High Schools in North Carolina Includes 4 Charters

    According to U.S. News and World Report, four of the top 10 high schools in North Carolina are charter schools.  Interestingly, only one Wake County school, Wake NCSU STEM Early College High School, was in the top 20. Top Ranked North Carolina Schools The Early College at Guilford…
    Terry Stoops, May 6, 2019
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    Fixing the Currently Biased State K-12 Education Rankings

    Fixing the Currently Biased State K-12 Education Rankings by Stan J. Liebowitz and Matthew L. Kelly of the University of Texas at Dallas is your “must-read” study of the day. Liebowitz and Kelly find that rankings produced by U.S. News & World Report and Education Week are unreliable and…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2018
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    NC’s Tax Ranking moves to #15

    Every year the Tax Foundation publishes the State Business Tax Climate Index that allows taxpayers, businesses and policymakers an easy comparison of how their state’s tax systems relate. This ranking of the states is based on tax policy, and has been very important in North Carolina over the last…
    Sarah Curry, November 17, 2015