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.
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.
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.
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.
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.