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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.

The Big Sleazy: All-Charter “Achievement Districts”

on Sat, 11/07/2015 - 01:44

That's not gumbo you smell. “Achievement Districts” are a trendy scam that hands public schools over to (highly-profitable) charter chains.

Thousands of teachers are fired without cause and replaced with temps. The premise is that this strategy produced a “New Orleans Miracle”, in which failing public schools were replaced with phenomenally successful McCharters.

Who would fall for such horse puckey? Anybody desperate for a cheap, easy fix.

Charleston County Salary Bait & Switch

on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 13:26

“Where Did $8.5 Million in Salary Funds Go?”

Hint: Not Where CCSD Said It Went

Charleston County School District crowed about spending $8.5 Million to bring salaries closer to market values for chronically underpaid employees. So where is it?

Election Day Cheat Sheet

on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 01:43

Please get out and vote on Tue. Nov 4th, whether or not you agree with these choices. Elected officials notice who shows up and who doesn’t.

The education community has acquired a reputation for staying home. It shows in the policies and proposals that come forward.

Zais Value-Added Results: 34% of Teachers Deficient...18% Failing

on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 21:01

Zais' staff says the darndest things when they have something to hide...

Lots of People Really "Like" Mick Zais...

on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 03:49

Just got word that Mick Zais has been nominated by Donald Trump to be Assistant US Secretary of Education.

Looks like they really had to dig deep to find somebody who wouldn't outshine Betsy DeVos...

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...

"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?


"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....