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NEWS: Higher pay floated to remedy S.C.’s teacher shortage

NEWS: Higher pay floated to remedy S.C.’s teacher shortage

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  Members of a special legislatively-appointed task force charged with staunching the exodus of teachers from South Carolina classrooms say raising teacher salaries will be vital.

While it’s not the cure-all for the complex issue, they say, higher compensation is at the top of the list for many members of the Educator Recruitment and Retention Study (ERRS) committee.  A full set of their legislative and policy remedies from the committee appointed by the General Assembly will be published later this month.

“All roads probably lead, one way or another, back to the compensation issue. We’ve got to work to improve salaries for teachers,” said Stephen W. Hefner, Lexington-Richland School District 5 superintendent. “In order to retain the teachers, we need to provide compensation incentives.”

by · 12/01/2017 · Uncategorized
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
SPOTLIGHT:  The S.C. Education Association

SPOTLIGHT: The S.C. Education Association

This week’s spotlighted underwriter is The South Carolina Education Association(The SCEA), the professional association for educators in South Carolina.

by · 09/15/2017 · Underwriters
MY TURN: What do we want S.C.’s public education system to be?

MY TURN: What do we want S.C.’s public education system to be?

By Bernadette R. Hampton | Local public schools are often referred to as the heart of South Carolina’s communities, especially in our rural areas. By increasing the starting pay for all teachers to $40,000, our public schools can also become a stable and growing economic base to bring employment and prosperity to our struggling communities.

As of now, South Carolina’s average starting teacher salary is $32,389, and ranks 39th nationally and 10th lowest out of 12 Southeastern states. Attracting and retaining qualified teachers in our public schools requires paying them a professional living wage. A teacher’s starting salary must be comparable to that of other college graduates who have similar education and training.

by · 12/11/2015 · Commentary, My Turn
NEWS: Crafting a blueprint for better schools

NEWS: Crafting a blueprint for better schools

By Bill Davis, senior editor | S.C. House Education Committee members are leading the legislature’s off-season efforts to prepare a policy response to a two-decades-old lawsuit that found the state failed to provide “minimally adequate” education to a large swath of its residents.

Last November, the S.C. Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that the state had failed in its educational duties in the Abbeville County School District v. State of South Carolina lawsuit that sought remediation for poorer counties and school districts largely located along the I-95 corridor.

The “Corridor of Shame,” as Bud Ferillo nicknamed it in his nationally-acclaimed documentary film of the same name, has suffered from a host of problems related to low educational attainment, lower employment rates, generational poverty and the like.

by · 08/07/2015 · News
The classroom in Plains, Ga., where President Jimmy Carter attended school.

Lucas appoints task force to work on education reform

House Speaker Jay Lucas today announced the appointment of a special task force to push education reform in light of last year’s state Supreme Court decision that requires the General Assembly and school districts to right longtime educational inequities.

by · 01/20/2015 · News, News briefs
One letter on Zais, three on Obama

One letter on Zais, three on Obama

Burgess defense of Zais is short on facts To the editor: I found Gary Burgess’s opinion piece in the Statehouse Report on January 2 of particular interest because of its egregious claims regarding what comprises authentic fiscal conservatism, Mick Zais’s […]

by · 01/09/2015 · Commentary, Feedback