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Video: Urging State Board of Ed to Reject Zais Plan for Teacher & Principal Evaluation

on Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:17

EdFirstSC Director Patrick Hayes, SCEA President Jackie Hicks, and other educators spoke recently at the October 10, 2012 SC State Board of Education Meeting.

Charleston City Paper Article: EdFirstSC Takes on Zais' Plan For Evaluating Teachers

on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 03:19

This Oct. 17th article talks about EdFirstSC's campaign to stop Supt. Zais' plan to evaluate teachers and principals using value-added test scores (of kids they've never even met). Dept of Ed Spokesman JW Ragley's bizarre response contrasts the plan with a completely fictional status quo.

The State Op-Ed: Supt. Zais SC Teacher Eval Plan Unfair, Counterproductive

on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 22:50

Under Zais' plan, teachers' evaluations would be based on the standardized test scores of students they've never even met. In addition, this plan would be implemented at the same time as new testing standards.

In an editorial column published in The State (Columbia, SC) newspaper, EdFirstSC Director Patrick Hayes spoke out against this unfair system.

EdFirstSC Endorses Sen. John Courson

on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:42

Some people have asked if EdFirstSC is seriously non-partisan.

We seriously want Republican John Courson to win this race.

Charleston County School Board Endorsements

on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 19:00

EdFirstSC is endorsing four outstanding candidates for Charleston County School Board: Todd Garrett (write-in), Jim Ramich, Mattese Lecque, and John Barter.

All of them have made distinguished contributions in a variety of endeavors. Each of them has an extensive record of community service:

What Will Supt. Zais' Plan Do For Kids?

on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 02:24

Evaluating teachers with test scores sounds reasonable. Won't kids learn more if teachers are held accountable?

This idea has a long history of failure.

Help Defeat Supt. Zais' Teacher Evaluation Plan

on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 04:16

Mick Zais wants to grade, fire, and pay teachers on the basis of test scores (of students they've never seen).

EdFirstSC Supports Berkeley County School Improvement Referendum

on Fri, 08/03/2012 - 23:33

Like many South Carolina districts, Berkeley County has experienced explosive growth over the last decade. Current facilities are aging, and were never meant to accomodate the number of students they now serve.

It's time to replace trailers with classrooms

EdFirst Veto Override Rally

on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 13:59

EdFirst led a rally to oppose Gov. Haley's veto of $10 million in teacher salary funding. Her spokesman's dismissive response demonstrates why our work is so critical.

Charleston County teachers to receive overdue salary increases - Charleston City Paper

on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 11:15

We helped Charleston County do the right thing, after two years of salary freezes.