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"Teacher...Mick Zais Ate My Homepage!"

on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 21:29

Gotta make some room around here.

Here's your clearinghouse for every destructive proposal from State Supt.-for-Now Mick Zais, and our successful campaigns to stop him: A-F Grading of Teachers, Mandatory Retention, Gutting Class-Size Limits

Don't three falls make a TKO? No matter...in November 2014, we're going for the knockout.

Press Release: EdFirstSC Campaign Forces Zais to Withdraw Proposal

on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 03:53

We sent over 15,000 emails to stop Mick Zais' proposal to gut regulations on class size, teacher workloads, and mandatory staffing ratios.

Remember the two most important words in boxing, Mick: "Stay down!"

Press Release: EdFirstSC Calls On Zais to Withdraw Class-Size Proposal & Re-election Bid

on Mon, 10/07/2013 - 10:29

SC educators don't deserve another distracting effort to undermine their vital work.

Mick Zais took 29 personal days during his first ten months in office to attend football games and stamp conventions, clean his shed, and go golfing. He would seem to be well-poised to make the most of an extended lame-duck term.

Dear Mick...

on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 02:45

I always wanted a pen pal.

Here's the complete, unedited correspondence between EdFirsSC & State Supt.-for-Now Mick Zais (and staff) regarding his plan to gut regulations on class-sizes, teacher workloads, & mandatory staffing ratios.

The Road Ahead

on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 14:08

Our opponents have not given up...

Gov. Appointment of State Supt. DEFEATED

on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 16:38

This series of bills would have taken away your right to vote for State Superintendent and given the Governor the power to appoint a State Superintendent.

Columbia’s The State newspaper credited “opposition from the education community,” for stopping it. Let’s not mince words: this bill was on track for passage until EdFirstSC and The SCEA intervened. Every other education group actively supported it.

The Wit and Wisdom of SC Senator Lee Bright

on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 13:49

SC Senator Lee Bright has announced his interest in becoming US Senator Lee Bright. I recently had the chance to speak with him about education issues. He believes that public schools should be abolished and that teachers should be seen and not heard. Do you?

He also holds at least one impoverished South Carolina community in contempt and resents the cost of providing an education to its children.

EdFirstSC Campaign Yields Teacher Raises, Pre-K, and Computer Labs in Charleston

on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 17:35

Charleston County teachers make less than they would in comparable districts. Pre-K and Computer Labs are chronically underfunded.

The problems have existed for years. Here's what we did about it.

Bogus "Parent-Trigger" Law DEFEATED

on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 20:20

S.556 is a bill that would empower a petitioning group of parents to take over a “failing” school.

You’d think the PTA would love a bill like that. Nope.

No Teacher Left Behind: Catching Up on Lost Step-Increases

on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 07:03

Key legislators are indicating their interest in bringing every teacher’s salary up to what it should have been, had salaries never been frozen. If we act now, and stay focused, it will happen. If we don’t, it will wither on the vine.

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