A Limited and Incremental Effort at School Choice

 S.24 is a refiling of last session’s S.279, like last session’s bill S.24 would allow an annual state income tax deduction up to $2,000 for the parent(s)/guardian of each home-schooled student.  It would allow a similar deduction up to $4,000 for each private school student, and up to $1,000 for each student attending a public …

Requiring the State Provide a “High Quality Education”

H.3110 proposes a constitutional amendment which would require that the General Assembly provide a “high quality education allowing each student to reach his highest potential.” Currently the constitution only requires that the General Assembly provide a system of free public schools but a 1999 decision by the State Supreme Court interpreted this provision to mean …

Limiting Severance Packages for Superintendents

H.3092 is a refiling of a bill from 2011. The bills prohibit the total value of a severance package given to a superintendent in connection with terminating his contract from exceeding the total value of his compensation received annually under his contract. As reported by the Nerve the bill was originally prompted by a severance …

The S.C. Supreme Court’s New Role: Education Czar

THE ABBEVILLE DECISION IS JUDICIAL IMPERIALISM IN SUPPORT OF DISCREDITED POLICY The South Carolina Supreme Court issued a momentous decision on November 12. In a case that’s been going on for years, three out of five justices ruled that the state has failed to meet its constitutionally required obligation to provide a “minimally adequate” education …

Codifying Tax Credit Scholarships for Exceptional Needs Children

H.3072 is an attempt to codify a school choice program that provides a limited amount of tax credit scholarships to exceptional needs children. The program currently exists as a one year proviso that must be annually renewed, this bill would make the program permanent. The program isn’t perfect and could stand to be improved, but …

Mandating Minimum Pay for Teachers

S.239 just like last session’s S.898 and H.4478 would mandate that public teachers and administrators in South Carolina be paid, at minimum, the Southeast region’s average salary for their positions. Presumably the thinking behind these bills is that South Carolina’s pay must be commensurate with surrounding states in order to attract the best teaching talent and ensure positive educational …