• Policy Position

    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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    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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    Class Size

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Support for reducing class size usually cuts across political and ideological divides, garnering accolades from legislators, policymakers, and parents alike. But does it work? The relationship between class size and…
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    Common Core State Standards

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Common Core State Standards are mathematics and English language arts standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. They were developed by three Washington, D.C.- based organizations – the National…
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    Education and the Workforce

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Do North Carolinians need four-year degrees to be successful? According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections, those who decide to enter the workforce without a four-year degree…
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    Federal Education Policy

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Before passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965, the United States Congress generally adhered to the principle that the federal government had no authority to undertake…

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