School Choice News Round-Up

An “achievement gap expert” is scheduled to speak at the USC Columbia campus on Wednesday, just days after the release of a new report highlighting a growing racial divide amongst public school students in South Carolina.

Lawmakers in the SC House have rejected a proposal that would provide special needs and disabled students with scholarships to attend independent and private schools. Public educators falsely claimed the scholarships would divert money from public schools.

The Greenville News argues that merit pay for teacher fosters accountability, while the SC Education Association uses taxpayer funded lobbyists to rally teachers against it.

Charleston’s Post and Courier chastises public school bureaucrats for dragging their feet on charter school issues, and skewing “choice” as “transfer.”

State Senator Kevin Bryant identifies $250 million in budget pork, while schools clamor for state money.

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