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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.

The Road Ahead

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

Our opponents have not given up...

Gov. Appointment of State Supt. DEFEATED

on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 16:38

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.

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.

No Teacher Left Behind: Catching Up on Lost Step-Increases

on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 07:03

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.

Major Victory: State Board Rejects Evaluation Plan. Zais Blames EdFirstSC Email Campaign

on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:34

Mick Zais is giving us credit for stopping his evaluation plan. Don't be so modest, Dr. Zais. Much of the damage was self-inflicted.

EdFirstSC's Formal Complaint to the State Board of Ed re. Censored Charleston "Stakeholder Meeting"

on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 21:25

Here's the complaint that EdFirstSC filed with the State Board of Education. Several members have responded. They are not amused by Zais' antics...

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.

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