Terry Stoops is taking aim at a recent Brookings Institution report that speculated that the schools in the Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area benefited from the Wake County school system's “history of aggressive district-wide socioeconomic integration policies.”
In an op-ed piece today, Stoops, the director of education studies for the conservative John Locke Foundation, writes that the Brookings report has "critical flaws." Stoops writes that there are "fundamental dissimilarities" between the Raleigh-Cary metro area and the other large metro areas in the report.
Stoops also points to how Wake's low-income students trail the state in performance and in graduation rate.
"Without a doubt, residents of Wake County want a system of public schools that provides a high-quality education to all children," Stoops writes. "But the answer does not lie in empowering the school board or county commission to find ways to compel a certain class of citizens to attend a certain school or live in a particular neighborhood."