Author Archives: Jane Sharp

Concerning Choice

I am an observer from the Board on a School District committee concerning Choice Schools and their future.  Rock Hill Schools currently offers within district choice.  For certain specified schools, parents may apply to enroll their child away from their … Continue reading

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Cuba and Kids: Education and the Revolution

One benefit of living in Rock Hill is the opportunity to take classes at Winthrop, the local state university. This spring I studied the history of Cuba and, on the class “field trip”, spend 10 days visiting Cuba. We traveled … Continue reading

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PLC in Rock Hill Three

On two recent hot steamy July days 1200 Rock Hill teachers and administrators met at Winthrop University to improve their skills in building “professional learning communities” in their schools. Speakers from Boston to Los Angeles spoke passionately on the power … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa on 1.86

I have to apologize for a posting I made last week. Apparently I sent out the request for contacts at about the same time the House was passing Proviso 1.86. I wanted to find out more about a proviso and … Continue reading

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Stop Proviso 1.68

Today I received the following message from the School Board Association. These bills keep coming back in spite of evidence that vouchers are successful only in decreasing funds for public schools and not in increasing opportunities for our students greatly … Continue reading

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Thank you to Senator Hayes

I follow closely posts by Mike Fanning, head of Old English Consortium which monitors and provides information to member school districts in the upstate on legislation and other issues concerning public education. I received this message this morning and wanted … Continue reading

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Upon Re-Election

Several days past re-election I am beginning to come down off my cloud and looking forward to the next four years.  But first I must say thank you to all the wonderful voters in Rock Hill with whom we had … Continue reading

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Reflections on Campaigning October 2014

One of the pleasures of campaigning for re-election to the School Board is walking and talking with many people in the lovely neighborhoods which abound in Rock Hill.  Seat 4 encompasses most of the neighborhoods on the East side of … Continue reading

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Considering TIF

For some time the Rock Hill School Board has been in discussion with the City of Rock Hill concerning the City’s request to extent the current Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement to include added area and extended time.  My fellow … Continue reading

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Charter Schools: Just Another Opportunity for Investors?

Last summer I attended a meeting soliciting parents to enroll their children in a second charter school in Rock Hill.  Most of the talking was done by a man from Dallas, Texas.  I asked him how he even knew about … Continue reading

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