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Shaming the Devil

on Fri, 11/27/2015 - 19:18

Were you offended when Steve Perry called unionized teachers “roaches”? Oh, c’mon. It’s not like he compared you to Satan.

Me? I can’t say that anymore.

Steve is infamous for demonizing teachers. In Charleston, he hit a new low.

INCREDIBLE Victories for Teachers & Kids

on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 14:03

Over the last two years, EdFirstSC has been empowering people who care about education. Members receive newsletters that keep them up to date on education issues and make it easy to contact policymakers.

This simple formula for change has produced astounding results...

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.

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..

BRIDGE Merit Pay Grant: “Send It Back!” 1/27 - 5:15pm

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:17

Email lets policymakers know that you care. The question for them is, "How much?"

Do you care for as long as it takes to send an email, or do you care enough to leave the house and come downtown on a Monday night?

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...

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.

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