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The S.C. Supreme Court, Columbia, S.C.

BRACK: High court lets legislature off the education hook

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  Shame on a majority of the legislatively-elected S.C. Supreme Court for letting the General Assembly off the hook on funding poor, rural schools.  State leaders haven’t yet spent enough money or done enough work to upgrade these neglected schools so that they’re on par with urban and suburban public schools.

On Nov. 17, the court ruled 3-2 to dismiss the 24-year-old Abbeville v. State of South Carolina school equity funding lawsuit.  The order, however, is premature because state legislators only started moving these schools toward parity after a 2014 order by the court.  Now without the court’s oversight, there’s no pressure on the General Assembly to make good on its promises.

With gazillions of dollars of state funding needs, do you really trust legislators not to continue a legacy of inattention in the so-called “Corridor of Shame” area where a multitude of challenges persist?

by · 11/24/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
TOP FIVE: On inaction, weak revenues, cutting prison costs, more

TOP FIVE: On inaction, weak revenues, cutting prison costs, more

Five policy-related stories that you might have missed:

1. Action still slow three years after Abbeville decision

2. Weak state revenue collections could threaten S.C. employee raises

3. S.C. among states to turn to data analytics to cut prison costs,

4. South Carolina has lowest percentage of state-licensed workforce

5. Some states are experiencing a baby boom; South Carolina isn’t one of them

by · 11/07/2017 · News, Top Five
NEWS BRIEF: Can a Kentucky program help S.C.’s poorest schools?

NEWS BRIEF: Can a Kentucky program help S.C.’s poorest schools?

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  A strategy that has found success in Kentucky and elsewhere is being billed as a way for South Carolina to comply with the 2014 state Supreme Court decision to bring poor, rural schools up to standard.

If implemented, the Community School program would be operated through S.C. Department of Education, making $25 million in state grants available for poor, rural district schools and $100,000 in grants per year per school for operating at the school level. The program is focused on making schools a central focus of the community.

The S.C. Education Association (SCEA) recommended the strategy for complying with the Abbeville v. the State of South Carolina decision …

by · 11/01/2017 · News, News briefs, Politics
NEWS:  S.C.’s rural schools have urgent needs, report says

NEWS:  S.C.’s rural schools have urgent needs, report says

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  South Carolina’s rural schools urgently need more attention from state leaders, according to a new national report. 

The Palmetto State’s rural schools, characterized as some of the a nation’s neediest and lowest achieving, have the fourth-highest “priority rating,” a combined measurement that includes a variety of demographic, achievement and funding factors, according to the report “Why Rural Matters 2015-2016” by the nonprofit Rural School and Community Trust.

by · 06/15/2017 · News
TOP FIVE:  On pensions, schools, public health, pay and the governor’s cell phone

TOP FIVE: On pensions, schools, public health, pay and the governor’s cell phone

Five stories you might have missed for the week ending July 29, 2016:

Lawmakers form a study committee to deal with pension fund woes.
Poor school districts say legislature violated court order.
Scoppe says DHEC failed to ensure public health with E. coli precautions.
Haley’s cell phone records remain out of public view.
Taking a look at how much state officials are paid.

by · 07/29/2016 · Top Five
NEWS:  2016 is a mixed bag of treats for education, so far

NEWS: 2016 is a mixed bag of treats for education, so far

By Bill Davis, senior editor | A package of bills from the House dealing with a longstanding education equity lawsuit may hit the floor for debate next week in the Senate. It’s a piece of the good news for education in a state that still has major problems.

Those seven bills, set for subcommittee debate April 5, would change how the state deals with everything from high school graduation rates to when the state could take over a financially ailing school district.

The package of bills stems from a court decision on a two-decades-old case brought by poor school districts that sought more equitable education funding.

by · 04/01/2016 · News
10/16, full issue: Roads, education, citizenship

10/16, full issue: Roads, education, citizenship

INSIDE:
NEWS: Legislature under pressure on road funding
COMMENTARY: Fix education funding and stop caterwauling about deadlines
SPOTLIGHT: Riley Institute at Furman University
MY TURN, Pamela Lackey: Citizenship in the brave, new — digital– world
FEEDBACK: Our children deserve better
SCORECARD: Up for Haley, middle for Spurrier
NUMBER: $10 million
S.C. ENCYCLOPEDIA: Edisto Island, S.C.

by · 10/16/2015 · Full Issue
BRACK: Fix education funding and stop caterwauling about deadlines

BRACK: Fix education funding and stop caterwauling about deadlines

By Andy Brack | You might not get much in your morning newspaper if reporters didn’t turn in stories by a certain time. Deadlines keep reporters — and columnists — on task. If there were not a specific time limit to submit a story for publication, the story might never get written. There’s always somebody else you can call or interview.
Like newspapers, courts set deadlines frequently. Time limits provide some certainty in the often long, convoluted judicial process and move cases along toward conclusions. In some cases, like the redrawing of political districts required by law, there’s only a limited time for new lines to be drawn.

by · 10/16/2015 · Andy Brack, Commentary