Dr. Terry Stoops
Dr. Terry Stoops is vice president for research at the John Locke Foundation, where oversees the research team’s writing and analysis across the spectrum of public policy issues. He specializes in pre- K-12 education.
Before joining the John Locke Foundation, he worked as the program assistant for the Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught English at Spotsylvania High School and served as an adjunct instructor in professional communication at the University of Mary Washington. He was a research assistant in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.
Dr. Stoops earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Clarion University and a master’s degree in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education. He received a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education.
The state doles out staffing positions, which limits local control and causes inequities, and its funds come with strings attached.
Overhauling the state’s funding system would provide the foundation needed to unlock the potential of school leaders to maximize how and where education dollars are deployed.