I Will Seek Re-Election

When I first ran for the Rock Hill Three Board of Trustees in 2010 I promised to be “a strong voice for children”.  The impact of our Board actions on students and their learning has been my guide for decisions throughout these four years.  I am pleased that the Rock Hill Board’s number one goal is the academic progress of children.  We now routinely ask in our discussions, “How will this affect children’s progress?”  We now receive regular reports on student progress to answer this question.

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In Policy or Not Policy?

When I was considering running for the School Board in 2010 an early step was to visit the Rock Hill Schools web site to download and study all the Policies concerning the Board of Trustees.

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Common Core Is NOT a Government Conspiracy But ……….

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an education initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English, language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. Note there are no standards for Science or Social Studies. The Common Core State Standards, adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, essentially replaces state-by-state benchmark standards with one uniform guide about what skills a student should have at each grade level.  Continue reading

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Public Schools Outperform Public Charters

This blog first appeared on The Herald editorial page, January 11, 2014

On October 29, 2013, a guest editorial in The Herald ended a report on public charter schools by concluding that “the innovation and out-of-the-box thinking that charter schools offer is a worthy state investment.” The charter school experiment has been on-going in this state for fifteen years, and longer in other states.  Multiple studies of test results over the years show that charter schools are not the investment in innovation they are touted to be.  The SC Legislature, as funders of public education and supposed defenders of outcome-based results, should certainly consider the charter school record.  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 Policy and Legislation Committee rather than before the whole Board .  Click here for members of that committee and the Agenda for Oct. 9. 

The South Carolina Superintendent of Education Mick Zais proposals to modify Regulation 43-205 are to be considered at the State Board of Education meeting on October 9 at 1:00 pm in the Rutledge Conference Center in Columbia.  Superintendent Zais’s avowed purpose for the proposals he is to present is to grant “flexibility” to public schools.  What a cruel choice of words for giving more flexibility to cut even further our legislature’s inadequate support for public education and to expand the continuing attack for funding we do have under the evil guise of “choice”.

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The Search for a Super Superintendent: Whys & Hows of Search Firms

This discussion consists of my reflections and opinions on our superintendent search.  It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of other Board members.

  1. We may increase our chances of finding a truly super superintendent.
    We have talked on the Board about our feeling that our district is in a good position to step up a notch (or notches) in the quality of our performance and the achievement of our students.   Continue reading
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Searching for a Super Superintendent: Effect on Student Achievement

Over the past three years my activities on the Board have become focused on monitoring and supporting accelerated academic progress for our students.  The Rock Hill 3 Board voted unanimously in fall 2012 that increasing academic progress must be our primary goal.  The Board on September 23 adopted five student measures we will monitor this school year to determine our progress in academics. Continue reading

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The Time is Now……..

Every description of School Board Responsibilities lists somewhere the responsibility for choosing a new superintendent.  That time is now for Rock Hill Three.   Our current superintendent, Lynn Moody, resigned from Rock Hill 3 and will be moving back to North Carolina in late September to be superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury School District. Continue reading

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Academic Improvement Committee Established

At the August 12 Rock Hill School Board work session Chairman Jim Vining announced the establishment of a Board Academic Improvement Committee.   I am very pleased to be chair with Ann Reid and Terrance Hutchinson also serving.  Our group’s purpose is to secure and share with the Board regularly information regarding our District’s progress during this year in improving and accelerating our students’ academic achievement.

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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 to $4,000, and families who homeschool a child to take up to a $2,000 deduction. The bill also has provisions allowing businesses to obtain tax credits for funding their favorite private schools.
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