Ongoing Edu-Budget Woes
The mainstream media tackles the K-12 education budget crisis in South Carolina:
The Sun News interviews Horry school board Chairman Will Garland. Garland argues that the local school officials need more leeway in making spending decisions.
Georgetown Times relays Superintendent’s request for prayer during budget crisis, as officials continue to make choices about what to cut.
Susan Keck argues in the Post and Courier that Charleston County School District shouldn’t rush to close schools, but rather reform and refocus spending.
Beaufort Gazette reports almost $20,000 was wasted on consultants who evaluated salaries in high-dollar Beaufort school district.
The Greenville News reports on a statewide 7% budget cut. This includes over $160 million in cuts to K-12 education (similar story in the P&C). No mention of millions of dollars in cost savings offered through school choice.
Columbia’s The State reports on a former public school employee sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding a federal program to help poor schools connect to the Internet.
The State also reports on a rise in public teachers receiving National Board Certification and a recommendation by the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) to freeze long-term bonuses for certification.
Anderson’s Independent Mail explains how Oconee Superintendent Mike Lucas wants more autonomy over the money allocated by the state.
Greenville News explains how cash-strapped schools lack money for photocopies. No mention of xerox deficit in Columbia.
The Washington Post reports that low-income and minority students at charter schools continue to outpace peers in traditional public schools.