Category Archives: K-12 Funding

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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Zais Flexibility? For Whom?

Update on Post:  Immediately after sounding the alarm below on Zais’ proposed changes to Regulation 43-205  I started making my own phone calls to all S.C. School Board members and found that the meeting on Wednesday will be in the … Continue reading

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Choice, Reading, and Four Year Olds In 2013 Legislature

S 0279 Tax Credits for Tuition — Primary Sponsor Sen.  Larry Grooms.      Yes, there is a school tax credit bill this year. It would allow parents paying tuition to “independent schools” to take a state tax deduction of up … Continue reading

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Do Tax Credits Have Credibility?

Tax credits/vouchers offering public money for attending private schools have been introduced in numerous legislatures and enacted in eight states as of May 2011.  Possibly the oldest is in Arizona, enacted in 1997. (1) Most of them have the same … Continue reading

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An Embarrassment of Rich(es)

On March 28 the SC House voted 65 to 49 for H.4894 to use public money to fund private and home schools.  Rock Hill School Board Member Walter Brown spent most of that day listening to the debate on H. … Continue reading

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An Alert About ALEC

This year’s South Carolina Legislative session is well underway and the latest bill (H.4894) proposing to use public money to fund private/religious schools has already been approved by the Ways and Means Committee in the House.  Our local representative Gary … Continue reading

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To TIF or not to TIF?

The School Board is being asked by the city of Rock Hill to take part in a “Tax Increment Financing” (TIF) agreement.  The proposed TIF is for the redevelopment of “blighted” areas, i.e., primarily 10.3 acres near East Main and … Continue reading

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Tax Credit Debate Resumes in Senate on April 20

The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday April 20 at 11:00.  On the Agenda is discussion of S.414 (Educational Opportunity Act) this year’s tuition tax credit/voucher effort by legislators who support using public funds for private/religious schools.  S.414 … Continue reading

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Excellent OpEd Posting by Molly Spearman on Private School Subsidies

Below please find the link and a copy of an Opinion Editorial posted in The State newspaper on March 30, 2011.  Ms. Spearman says things very simply. From The State, http://www.thestate.com/2011/03/30/v-print/1756237/spearman-sc-cant-afford-fools.html

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Help stop S.414 and H.3407 — state funding for private schools

Again, thank you to those who contacted legislators concerning H.3241 on South Carolina Charter School District funding. Because of your efforts our district retained invaluable local funds for our schools. This past week even more threatening bills, S.414 and its … Continue reading

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