The Associated Press is reporting details of a new 50-state review of online government transparency and ease of public access to state records.
The study was conducted jointly by the Sunshine Week Initiative, the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Freedom of Information Committee, and the Society of Professional Journalists’ FOI Committee. According to the rankings, based on the ease of access to a list of various documents and publications, South Carolina is ranked 25th of the 50 states. But that number hides the real story. Continue reading
Education Week has just released its annual 50-state K-12 education report card.
The nonprofit group (funded by the left-leaning Pew Foundation) publishes this apples-to-apples comparison of public schools each year in order to track student achievement and compare educational effectiveness.
Sadly, South Carolina’s public schools are once again poorly ranked.
Among the highlights:
South Carolina public schools earned a “D” for student achievement (again)
and a “D-” for spending practices (despite over $11,480 in per student allocation)
also a “D-” for college readiness
and worst of all, an “F” for the absolute status of K-12 Achievement
Still, the spin from South Carolina’s highly funded State Department of Education follow shortly. Continue reading