Patriot’s Day At Doby’s Mill….

A great display of pictures of Patriot’s Day at Doby’s Mill on The State website…

http://www.thestate.com/2012/02/29/2171702/patriots-day.html

End Of The Month

Got to visit with two School Improvement Councils this past evening, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School and Lugoff Elementary School, to talk about the budget and the recent budget survey.  I always enjoy spending time with SICs.  I appreciated the invitations!

Also got to catch the last couple of innings of the North Central-Lewisville baseball game, part of the MPCU Classic.  Good baseball and outstanding barbecue!  Thanks to Scott Conley and MPCU for their yearly sponsorship of these event!

Email Sent To House Ways And Means Members

The House Ways and Means Committee will be taking up the current version of School Choice legislation today.  Below is an email I sent to committee members:

The purpose of this email is to express my opposition to the School Choice legislation currently under consideration.  Aside from the negative impact of this legislation on funding for public schools, which has been reduced by over $700 million over the past three years, I believe the rationale that this legislation would serve disadvantaged students is at best disingenuous.  If it isn’t, I would challenge the proponents of this legislation to add the following provisions to their legislation:

  • A specified benchmark as to the number of economically disadvantaged students that would be served through this legislation from each county in the state.   If the benchmark in each county is not met in three years, the legislation would automatically sunset.
  • A requirement that the academic progress in reading, writing, and math of economically disadvantaged students served in private schools match or exceed the progress of economically disadvantaged students in public schools, as measured by whatever test is required by the state for public schools.  If performance of the private school students does not meet or exceed that of like public school students at the end of three years, the legislation would also sunset.

An independent consortium of researchers from our state universities could be charged with collecting and analyzing the data involved.  If School Choice proponents object to these provisions, any sensible person would need to ask why they are afraid of transparency and accountability.

Thank you for your consideration.

A Good Article…..

I get pretty bored with the folks that keep repeating like some kind of mantra that education in South Carolina is at the bottom of the nation.  Just isn’t true.  The only point the article below doesn’t make strongly enough is that the achievement of South Carolina students is judged against much higher standards than in most other states…

http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/022712-quality-counts-report–3819597

Way To Go!

Congratulations to Lugoff-Elgin High School wrestler Zach Connell, who won an individual state championship in his weight class this past Saturday.  As I understand it, Ben is the fourth member of his family to win an individual state championship.

A few weeks back, I blogged about the work being done at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School with the “First in Math” program, an online math competition program.  Yesterday, PTH Principal Dr. Lisa Shannon told me that Pine Tree Hill is now first in the state in this this program!

Way to go!!!

Kershaw County Athletes Recognized

 

Great to see a number of Kershaw County athletes recognized in the sports pages of Sunday’s State newspaper for being part of the All-Area team, including:

Clark Joseph of Camden High for cross-country

Kelli Murphy of Lugoff-Elgin High for golf

Katie Tiller from Camden High School for tennis

Josh Ruiz from Lugoff-Elgin High for football

Fidel Wise from Camden High for football

Maggie Speaks of Camden High for volleyball

Lindsay Cobb of Camden High for volleyball

Congratulations!!!

Doby’s Mill Robotics Team Victorious!!!

Made my Saturday!!!  Doby’s Mill Principal Ginger Catoe texted me late in the afternoon on Saturday to tell me that the school’s robotics team had won its regional competition and will go on to national competition in St Louis in April.  This is a tremendous accomplishment against some extremely strong competition.  Absolutely SUPER job!!!