Post Tagged with: "education"

BRACK:  Revisionist spin machine on rinse for Haley’s record?

BRACK:  Revisionist spin machine on rinse for Haley’s record?

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  With the next presidential election three years away, it isn’t odd to start wondering whether a revisionist rinse is already spinning away to bolster the gubernatorial record of now U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Just look to a premise in a weekend story about the former S.C. governor that claimed she was the driving force behind “$180 million in new education funding three years ago.”

Really?  Is that what happened? 

by · 09/29/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
FEEDBACK:  Letters on women in the workplace and government’s needs

FEEDBACK:  Letters on women in the workplace and government’s needs

Coleman O. Glaze: “We have gotten so far behind on roads and infrastructure needs it will be years to catch up. We do a great job with a majority of students but we are failing too many with basic education.”

by · 09/14/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
NEWS: Funding, policies target improving S.C. schools

NEWS: Funding, policies target improving S.C. schools

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  As South Carolina public school students and teachers return to school this week and next, changes aimed at improving education are expected to alter the classroom and funding strategies.

A July 31 study placed South Carolina as 35th in the nation for public education. The study fingered funding as one of the reasons public school education varies from state to state. The state also tied at 46th for low ACT scores.

Highlights for this coming school year include the impact of a third grade retention policy; whether there will be more state takeovers of school districts and schools; funding for operations, buses and facilities; teacher retention; and how the state superintendent is picked.

by · 08/18/2017 · News
NEWS: Busy year in General Assembly, but lots left on table

NEWS: Busy year in General Assembly, but lots left on table

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | A lot of people might not realize they’re going to get some tax relief this year, thanks to the just-passed law to hike gas taxes by 12 cents per gallon over the next few years. Tax relief for the working poor is just one major impact of work done by the General Assembly during its 2017 session. There remains, however, a lot left on the table for next year.

This story highlights legislative accomplishments, what’s ahead in two weeks and what’s left for 2018.

by · 05/12/2017 · News
FEEDBACK:  You hit the nail on the head about rural schools

FEEDBACK: You hit the nail on the head about rural schools

School administrator: “Everything you said is the truth. The most frightening element of all is the abuse of power from some individual board members. “

by · 04/21/2017 · Feedback
BRIEFS:  Senate passes budget; Pension reform heads to governor

BRIEFS: Senate passes budget; Pension reform heads to governor

Staff reports | The state Senate relatively quickly passed a relatively non-controversial $8 billion state budget this week that added about $25 million to public K-12 education than provide in an earlier House budget. Senators had about $500 million more than the House to use for state spending due to increased revenue estimates.

In the Senate version of the budget, which likely will head to a conference committee unless the House agrees with everything, the base K-12 student cost is $2,435, or $35 per pupil more than the House budget. State law requires formula funding of $2,894 per student. That means the Senate bill provides $1.756 billion to K-12 education, which is $396 million short of full formula funding.

Also in this section is an update on pension reform.

by · 04/07/2017 · News, News briefs
BRACK:  State continues to underfund public education

BRACK: State continues to underfund public education

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher| There’s a bunch of money in the proposed House version of the state budget for education, but it’s still not what the law requires.

South Carolina has a funding formula that mandates spending for 2017-18 of a “base student cost” of $2,984 per student. House budget writers, as has been common practice in the legislature since 2010, have reduced the mandated cost to $2,400 per student by “determining” in a budget proviso that they want base spending to be lower. In other words, they get around the law by simply rewriting the mandate year after year. In 2017-18, it means the 721,401 students in K-12 schools will get $421.3 million less than what they are supposed to get by law.

by · 03/10/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
BRACK:  South Carolina needs to stop shooting itself in the foot

BRACK: South Carolina needs to stop shooting itself in the foot

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | There’s some high-fiving going on in Columbia as state lawmakers are pushing through measures to raise the gas tax and fix the state employees’ pension system.

Unfortunately, these are solutions for problems of the legislature’s own making. Had the General Assembly done its job years ago, legislators wouldn’t have to be raising taxes to fix crumbling, pot-holed roads. They wouldn’t have to be charging taxpayers and state employees more to make up for dumb losses to the state’s pension fund.

Just look at the hullabaloo about raising the state’s fourth-lowest-in-the-nation gas tax of 16.75 cents per gallon by a dime per gallon.

by · 03/03/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary