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"Are You Nuts?!"

on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 19:55

That's a quote from a House Ways & Means official who was asked about increasing school funding.

Just a few weeks later, Ways & Means approved $175 MILLION in new education spending.

You don't suppose it had anything to do with the 25,000 emails we sent, do you? Maybe it was the 500 phone calls....

SC School Funding: Not Even "Minimally Adequate"

on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 06:46

SC uses an infamous phrase to describe the standard of education we will provide: "minimally adequate".

State law also includes a school funding formula. For next year, it works out to $2790 per child.

This year's funding was $778 per child BELOW that, even though we had a billion dollar surplus. A school with 700 students is missing over a half-million dollars.

Endorsements: Louis L. Smith (Dorch. 2 Sch. Bd.)

on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 02:13

EdFirstSC Director Patrick Hayes is supporting Louis L. Smith's candidacy for Dorchester 2 School Board.

Sen. Thurmond: Shaming and Firing Teachers (NO appeals...NO seniority)

on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 03:27

A series of bills sponsored by Sen. Thurmond (R- Charleston) would expose SC teachers to public humiliation, firing without cause (and no right to an appeal). They would also strip seniority rights.

Discredited Shill Pushing Merit Pay Bill

on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 05:57

EdFirstSC welcomes Michelle Rhee to the Palmetto State.

Now go home.

The Latest on Charleston's Merit Pay Fiasco

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:50

A stunning avalanche of emails (THANK YOU!!!—Keep it coming!) and negative media attention has quickly moved the District through the stages of grief: Anger, Denial, & Bargaining.

Join us on Jan. 27th to help the District move to Acceptance & Letting Go..

Why Not Make Teacher Salaries Dependent on Test Scores?

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:59

Merit pay has been tried over and over. It's failed miserably every single time.

It suggests that teachers are holding their effort hostage and principals don’t know good teaching.

Kids don’t deserve to be placed between a teacher and her paycheck.

Value-Added: A Shot in the Dark

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:38

Why not use value-added test scores to judge teachers?

Charleston Merit Pay: "A Model for Our State"?

on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 03:32

Starting in 2015, Charleston's BRIDGE plan will withhold promised salaries.

Teachers & principals will be forced to win them back by hitting test score targets (with a 36% error rate). Advanced degrees will no longer be rewarded. Unreliable data will be used to FIRE educators. .

Charleston Merit Pay: Documentation of Claims Made by EdFirstSC

on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 02:56

Lest there be any doubt, Charleston County DOES plan to fire teachers using unreliable data and withhold promised salaries for years of service and advanced degrees. See for yourself...

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