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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...

SC Students Outperforming Expectations

on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 20:35

SC schools are at the bottom of every list. Thank goodness for Mississippi, right?

Nonsense.

"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.

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...

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.

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