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INCREDIBLE Victories for Teachers & Kids

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

Over the last year, 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...

"Read to Succeed": Destined to Fail

on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 17:17

Why would we stop a bill with a catchy name like "Read to Succeed"? Because it's a cheap, reckless knock-off of a questionable Florida program.

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.

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?

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