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    Public School Finance

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Discussions of funding levels are necessary, but not sufficient, for truly understanding the health of our public schools. Researchers generally agree that how the money is spent is far more…
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    School Choice

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In North Carolina, public education is a core fiscal responsibility of state and local government. In the words of the N.C. Supreme Court, the state constitution recognizes the right to…
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    Standards and Curricula

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Curricula are not standards. Standards are not curricula. In the debate over the Common Core State Standards, definitions of key terms, particularly “standards” and “curricula,” vary considerably. For some, standards…
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    Teaching Profession

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    No system of public education can thrive without a high-quality teacher workforce. The problem is that state education bureaucracies enforce rules and regulations that fail to distinguish excellent teachers from…
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    Testing and Accountability

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    School accountability comes in two forms. Either parents keep schools accountable by “voting with their feet,” or states compel public school districts to administer standardized tests. As educational options increase,…
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    Virtual Schools

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In general, a virtual school is an internet-based learning environment that allows students to participate in a class using a computer rather than being present in a classroom. Students can…
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    Prekindergarten Education

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Taxpayer-funded prekindergarten education in the United States is a multibillion-dollar hodgepodge of state and federal programs. The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education, a division within the…
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    Apprenticeships

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    For decades, economists have considered the costs and benefits of adopting variations of highly developed apprenticeship systems operating in Germany and Switzerland. Such efforts are based on the belief that…
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    Charter Schools

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Few educational institutions are as misunderstood as public charter schools. They are not private or religious schools. They are not for-profit enterprises. They cannot pick and choose students. In short,…
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    Child Care

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The state began offering subsidies for child care services in 1964, making the Subsidized Child Care Program one of North Carolina’s longest-running welfare programs. The program provides vouchers to eligible…

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