Tag Archives: Charleston County School District

Probe into PACT Cheating Scandal Comes Up Empty?

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A SLED investigation into MiShawna Moore, erstwhile darling of the South Carolina education establishment and suspected test “tailor,” has come up with nothing.

As principal of Sanders-Clyde Elementary, a chronically failing public school in Charleston County, Moore came under heavy suspicion when PACT scores at her school suddenly shot up above district and state levels. When tests were carefully monitored, scores dropped significantly in every subject; drops that were characterized as “unusual” and “much greater” than other schools. Equally troubling was the higher-than-usual number of erased and corrected answers.

Moore-and other school employees- insisted that the scores were legitimate, and that drops could be blamed on harsh test monitors denying students snacks.

The Associated Press reports that the SLED investigation into the situation has ended, with nothing to show for it.

It is everyone’s hope that there was no altering of test grades, and that somehow the numerous and incredibly sketchy indications of illicit conduct are pure happenstance, but it doesn’t seem likely.

Hopefully, the schools overseers in Charleston County and in the SC Department of Education will continue to look into this situation, and prevent more children from being similarly short-changed.

Charleston kids cant read good…

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Self-described “public servants” envision basic reading skills as possibly important for some of tomorrow’s “high tech” jobs.

The Post and Courier’s ongoing coverage of widespread illiteracy (and under-literacy) in the Charleston public school district is very self-interested.

That’s because South Carolina’s most widely read daily newspaper may not be able to survive much longer.

Surprisingly, its not due to a reader migration from ink and paper to blogs and webpages.

The problem is the actual ability to potential subscribers to read the paper.

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Educators Plead With Senators to Help Children

“We’re losing our young men in this state. Some kids just need a different approach, a different environment to achieve.”- Col. Nathaniel Green, Eagle Military Academy

Eagle Military Academy is just one of the small, private schools around South Carolina serving low income students who could not make it in failing public schools. Last week’s Senate K-12 Education subcommittee meeting gave several representatives from these schools an opportunity to tell senators  how much their schools are doing to help children who would otherwise have no hope for an education and a future.

The overwhelming message of these schools:  “Give us the means to help more needy children.”

Senate Bill 520 provides an easy and accountable way for poor families to have access to private schools. Student Scholarship Organizations would receive contributions from individuals and corporations and disperse the money in the form of scholarships to families below 200% of the federal poverty level. For far less than the amount spent in public schools, privately donated scholarships can take a student out of a one-size-fits-all failing school, and into an environment truly geared toward helping them.

Senators have in their hands the opportunity to help schools like Eagle Military Academy continue to provide quality education and personal care for children who desperately need it. The other option is to ignore the pleas of desperate parents, children and educators, and take the easy route of caving in to education establishment bullying and fear mongering.


Haves and the have-nots in Charleston

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Great letter to the editor in the Charleston Post and Courier:

I was pleased to see Robert Ford‘s push for Tuition Tax Credits; however, when I read the March 25 story, it seemed focused on how this could be construed as posturing for a gubernatorial run instead of focusing on the current inequities in the system, and what a major step toward removing these inequities this legislation would be.

Critics of the bill say this will lead to re-segregation. Right now Charleston County schools are pretty segregated. They are divided into the haves and the have-nots. If you have enough money, you can send your children to private school or live in the right neighborhood. The only people who currently don’t have school choice are the people who can’t afford these options.

The proposed legislation will open up doors to the people who need it the most. It is phased in so that of the current students, only those whose families are below 200 percent of the poverty level qualify. It will also allow companies and individuals to immediately provide needy students with scholarships. Continue reading

School Choice is Win-Win (VIDEO)

Thousands of parents across South Carolina are eager for lawmakers to pass school choice legislation. Some parents desperately want the means to get their child out of a failing public school, others are struggling to pay private school tuition. Tuition tax credits allow families to get back some of their own tax dollars to help them pay for tuition at a non-public school. Likewise, Student Scholarship Organizations exist to give out privately contributed scholarships to low-income students who need a way out of failing public schools.

Parents must be empowered to choose a learning environment that fits their child. School choice has done this for thousands of families in other states, and will do the same in South Carolina.

Taxis to school?