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    Get the facts about teacher shortages

    The 2018-19 school year is underway!  And, in recent years, stories about teacher shortages, long-term substitutes, and other staffing issues have become a staple of back-to-school reporting. The National Council on Teacher Quality lays out the facts about the issue. Only half the people who graduate from teacher…
    Terry Stoops, August 27, 2018
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    What do principals look for when hiring teachers?

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte professors Jason Giersch and Christopher Dong recently published “Principals’ preferences when hiring teachers: a conjoint experiment” in the Journal of Educational Administration. The study asks a very basic question: what do principals look for when hiring teachers?  Giersch and Dong presented fictitious applicant…
    Terry Stoops, July 26, 2018
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    Weak background check system for NC teachers

    WECT has the details of teachers who “fall through the cracks” of the background check system.  Writer and blogger Andrea Dillon calls it North Carolina’s quiet epidemic. With 18 victims and counting in the criminal case against Mike Kelly, the WECT Investigates team looked into what local schools…
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2018
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    N&O: NC part of national teacher shortage

    In “National teacher shortage could draw away NC’s finest,” the News & Observer editors finally admit that North Carolina’s drop in teacher education students is following a national trend. I have been pointing that out for over a year.  During that period, the N&O and others…
    Terry Stoops, September 23, 2015
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    Public school jobs: A five year summary

    For years, I published an annual newsletter that summarized vacant school jobs listed on the The North Carolina Public Schools Application System.  Although I did not publish one this year, the following summarizes vacancies over the last five years: August 21, 2015 810 Licensed positions (includes teachers,…
    Terry Stoops, August 21, 2015
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    A note on CMS teacher vacancies

    “Teachers wanted: CMS still hiring as opening day looms” is the headline of a story published by the Charlotte Observer yesterday.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and other large urban districts across the nation are scrambling to fill teacher vacancies before the start of the new school year. I examined the…
    Terry Stoops, August 11, 2015
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    DPI: Net increase in classroom teachers this year

    According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) Educational Directory & Demographical Information Exchange (Eddie), North Carolina district schools currently employ 94,197 classroom teachers, a 274 teacher increase over the 2013-2014 school year total of 93,923. Obviously, the above figure is a net increase.  Some school districts lost…
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2015
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    Judge: California teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional

    A California Superior Court judge ruled that the state’s teacher tenure law is unconstitutional.  Judge Rolf M. Treu’s ruling in In Vergara v. California is pretty powerful, Distilled to its basics, the State Defendants’/Intervenors’ position requires them to defend the proposition that the state has a compelling interest in…
    Terry Stoops, June 10, 2014