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on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 02:29

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on Sat, 08/04/2012 - 00:32

I had the nicest email today from a member who offered to share some of her time to help EdFirstSC be successful.  She has a wide range of expertise that we're going to be very lucky to have access to.

There are many ways to support the work.  Signing up is huge.  Helping others sign up is easy, and makes us that much stronger.  Every donation opens up new possibilities.  The gift of your time is something very special as well. 

Click here to email me if you are able to assist from time to time.  It's not a commitment.  It just lets me know that it's OK to contact you directly.  


Fantastic Meeting With Berkeley County Educators

on Sat, 08/04/2012 - 00:10

When was the last time you came out of a meeting absolutely thrilled and looking forward to the next one?

I never thought I'd say this, but I just came from that meeting.

A group of Berkeley County educators led by Mev McInosh of Stand Up SC for Public Schools met at Evo's Pizza in North Charleston.  I'll admit, the food contributed to the excitement.

More importantly, this group came together, shared a vision of a coalition of educators and parents, and set up concrete action steps for the next two weeks. 

We sat down with a blank piece of paper and came up with opportunities to register

We Need Your Input

on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 01:26

We've listed our current key priorities on the Our Agenda page. 

Which are most critical to you?  Did we overlook something that deserves attention?

News Coverage of Salary Veto Rally

on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 03:04

Every TV news outlet in Charleston covered the rally.  Here's the coverage from Live5:

The Road Ahead

on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 13:00

EdFirst isn't a website.  This website is just the hub of a movement that is changing the political conversation around education in SC.

Here's a look at what the next steps look like: 

  • The legislature is done for the year.  Summer is their winter.  We'll be spending this time on recruiting and networking, putting us in the best possible position to affect political outcomes in the year ahead.
  • This fall, we'll be working to register voters and support candidates who are ready to stand up for strong public schools.

Special Election Results...Senate 41 (Paul Tinkler)

on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 03:19

It's official...Paul Tinkler came within 14 votes of winning a SC Senate seat that had been held by his opponent's party for decades, thanks to an endorsement from EdFirst. 

The impact of our support was noted by both campaigns.  Long-term, that's a win for us, even if the result was not what we hoped. 

Because it was a special election, this seat will be contested again in November.

Life doesn't give many do-overs.

Nobody likes hearing that they need to do better next time, but in this case, it's just a tiny bit better...and there's a lot more we can do.

While our votes are precious, we can

Haley Veto Override Rally Speech 7/16

on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 01:58

EdFirst Director Patrick Hayes delivered this speech calling on legislators to override Gov. Haley's veto of $10 million in teacher salary funding. This veto created an unfunded mandate that would have forced districts to choose between raising taxes, cutting programs, and firing teachers. The veto was subsequently defeated by an overwhelming margin, with only one Rep and two Senators supporting it (Rep Norman. Sen. Bright, Sen. Davis).

Teachers want veto of educator raises overridden

on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 13:42

From this morning's Post and Courier:

"Slapping teachers in the face and driving good educators out of the profession isn’t good for South Carolina, but that’s how one local teacher characterized Gov. Nikki Haley’s latest veto of money to raise teachers’ pay.

"Drayton Hall Elementary School teacher Patrick Hayes called on lawmakers Monday to override that veto and give educators the money they were promised."

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