“158 students lost each school day in the last four years”
This is a great video of State Senator Greg Ryberg (R-Aiken) speaking passionately about a persistent lack of focus and effectiveness in South Carolina’s public schools.
A bill was written to allow a certain local district to subtract 3-days from it’s required 180-days of classroom instruction.
It was determined that this had to be addressed on a statewide basis, and there was an attempt at amending the measure to apply its 3-day “snow day” rule to all school districts in South Carolina. It is this expanded snow-day policy which Senators called “a gesture of extending good will” to the 85 local school districts.
Senator Ryberg addressed his colleagues about the triviality of giving students more time off when the state is facing a massive dropout rate, an embarrassing inability to prepare students for higher education and sinking SAT scores.
Thankfully there is some good news.
Senator Ryberg and others in Senate are sponsoring the SC Education Opportunity Act. This bill will allow parents a real choice. It will reward engaged parents who make responsible choices for their children by providing them with modest tax credits. It will similarly reward corporations that donate money to charities that provide low-income children with scholarships. This also means more money for public schools and smaller class sizes.
UPDATE: Senator Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson), who is also a sponsor of S. 520, has been blogging from the floor about the snow-day debate and Senator Ryberg’s insights about public school failures.