Separate and Unequal

SC State USouth Carolina State University was established in 1890 in response to federal law requiring that blacks be admitted to white only colleges or given separate facilities, which were required to be funded equally. Clemson was the white school, and South Carolina State, an historically black school, has never been funded equally.

The legislature is debating closing South Carolina State University for two years, which would effectively put the school out of business forever. There are some voices of reason in the State Assembly with better ideas for solving the school’s problem, which really are monumental.

This week the NAACP held a rally to influence the legislature to save the school, and the text below is by Joseph Darby, given as a speech at the rally.

A SCRIPTURE OF MY FAITH TRADITION SAYS, “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.” IN KEEPING WITH THE WORDS OF THAT SCRIPTURE, PLEASE ALLOW ME A FEW MINUTES TO SHARE A LITTLE TRUTH AND A FEW SUGGESTIONS.

THE TRUTH BEGINS WITH THE FACT THAT SOUTH CAROLINA ACTUALLY HAS black schoool, TWO LAND GRANT COLLEGES ORIGINALLY DESIGNATED TO PROMOTE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND MECHANICAL ARTS. CLEMSON UNIVERSITY WAS ESTABLISHED THROUGH THE FIRST MORRILL LAND GRANT ACT OF 1862. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY WAS ESTABLISHED THROUGH THE SECOND MORRILL LAND GRANT ACT OF 1890, WHICH REQUIRED THE FORMER CONFEDERATE STATES WITH LAND GRANT COLLEGES TO EITHER OPEN THEM TO ALL STUDENTS OR TO ESTABLISH SEPARATE INSTITUTIONS FOR BLACK STUDENTS. THE FIRST MORRILL ACT GAVE STATES BOTH LAND AND MONEY FOR THOSE COLLEGES, BUT THE SECOND MORRILL ACT GRANTED MONEY ONLY IN LIMITED AMOUNTS TO BLACK COLLEGES. THE TRUTH IS THAT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY’S INITIAL FUNDING WAS SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL, AND THAT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HAS NEVER BEEN FUNDED AT THE SAME LEVEL AS OUR STATE’S OTHER PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

THE MORRILL ACTS ALSO ENCOURAGED STATES TO MATCH FEDERAL FUNDS WITH “DOLLAR TO DOLLAR” STATE FUNDS. A 2013 STUDY BY THE ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC AND LAND GRANT UNIVERSITIES SHOWS THAT WHILE OUR STATE HAS PROVIDED “DOLLAR TO DOLLAR” MATCHING FUNDS FOR CLEMSON, IT HAS NOT PROVIDED THE SAME FUNDING TO SOUTH CAROLINA STATE. WHAT THAT MEANS IN REAL TERMS IS THAT FROM 2010 TO 2012, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE WAS UNDERFUNDED BY OVER SIX MILLION MATCHING DOLLARS,

NOT COUNTING OTHER POSSIBLE STATE APPROPRIATIONS. THE TRUTH IS THAT WHEN I ENTERED SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE GARNET AND BLUE MARCHING 101 IN THE FALL OF 1969, THE UNIVERSITY WAS UNDERFUNDED AND STRUGGLING, BUT THE FACULTY WAS COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE AND THE UNIVERSITY WAS STILL A BEACON OF LIGHT FOR BLACK STUDENTS WHO SOUGHT TO ADVANCE THEMSELVES AND WAS STILL A CRUCIBLE FOR PROGRESSIVE ACTION.

THE TRUTH IS THAT THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA HAS A SAD AND SORRY HISTORY OF ONLY GIVING SOUTH CAROLINA STATE ENOUGH TO “GET BY,” AND WE NEED TO SAY LOUD AND CLEAR TODAY THAT WE’RE TIRED OF JUST “GETTING BY.” SOUTH CAROLINA STATE DESERVES EQUAL TREATMENT WITH EVERY STATE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING, BECAUSE THOSE STUDENTS WHO MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AREN’T SEEKING HANDOUTS – THEY’RE NOBLY PURSUING A HIGHER EDUCATION THAT AFFIRMS THE WORDS OF THE LATE, GREAT JAMES BROWN, “I DON’T WANT NOBODY TO GIVE ME NOTHING, JUST OPEN UP THE DOOR AND I’LL GET IT MYSELF.”

MUCH HAS ALSO BEEN SAID ABOUT THE FACT THAT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY’S GRADUATION RATE IS 14 PER CENT. THE TRUTH, HOWEVER, LIES IN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S 2013 DIGEST OF EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS. THOSE STATISTICS SHOW THAT THE FOUR YEAR GRADUATION RATE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS AT ALL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES IS 17 PERCENT. THE SIX YEAR NATIONAL GRADUATION RATE FOR BLACK STUDENTS IS ACTUALLY 36 PER CENT – THE SAME AS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE’S SIX YEAR GRADUATION RATE. BY THAT MEASURE, THE TRUTH IS THAT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE IS ON PAR WITH MOST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN OUR NATION PREDOMINANTLY BLACK AND PREDOMINANTLY WHITE.

THE TRUTH IS THAT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN TREATED LIKE THE PROVERBIAL “STEPCHILD,” BUT HAS ACTUALLY PERFORMED AS WELL AS OTHER INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN PRODUCING AFRICAN AMERICAN GRADUATES, BUT THE TRUTH DOESN’T END THERE.

THE TRUTH ALSO EXTENDS TO MANY OF US WHO ARE HERE TODAY AND TO MANY ALUMNI AND SUPPORTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY. THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS HIGHER EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE’S ARROGANT, ILL-ADVISED, INFLAMMATORY AND OUTRAGEOUS RECOMMENDATION TO CLOSE THE UNIVERSITY FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS – AN ACTION THAT FURTHER DAMAGED THE REPUTATION OF THE UNIVERSITY AND WOULD ACTUALLY KILL THE UNIVERSITY – HAS A POSITIVE SIDE. THAT MEAN SPIRITED AND INSULTING RECOMMENDATION IGNITED THE SPARK THAT GOT US HERE, AND I’M GLAD WE’RE HERE. THE LEGISLATURE ISN’T IN SESSION TODAY, BUT THAT’S ALRIGHT. THEY WEREN’T IN SESSION ON THE FIRST KING DAY AT THE DOME MARCH AND RALLY THAT PROMPTED THOSE IN THE BUILDING BEHIND ME TO TAKE THE FLAG OF THE CONFEDERACY THAT STILL FLIES IN THE WRONG PLACE AT LEAST HALFWAY DOWN.

THE TRUTH IS THAT THE RECOMMENDATION TO CLOSE THE UNIVERSITY ENERGIZED THOSE OF US WHO HAVE SEEN MEDIA REPORTS OF PROBLEMS AT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE, BUT HAVE DONE NOTHING THUS FAR BUT SHAKE OUR HEADS AND MOVE ON. THAT RECOMMENDATION GOT US HERE, AND THE TRUTH IS THAT THOSE OF US WHO ARE HERE OUGHT TO TAKE ACTION WHEN WE LEAVE HERE.

WE OUGHT TO SAY THAT THE TIME IS OUT FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF SOUTH CAROLINA STATE TO IGNORE SELF SERVING PEOPLE IN POSITIONS OF UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE WHO MAKE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE THEIR POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL “PLAYGROUNDS.” THE TIME IS OUT FOR US TO READ ABOUT THE FINANCIAL AND LEGAL WOES OF SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AND DO NOTHING TO CALL THOSE WHO SET POLICY FOR THE UNIVERSITY INTO ACCOUNT. WE NEED TO STAND BY AND SUPPORT THE COMMITTED FACULTY AND DEDICATED STUDENTS WHO DO THEIR BEST TO BUILD UPON SOUTH CAROLINA STATE’S POWERFUL LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE AND PROGRESS. WE NEED TO SPEAK OUT NOT ONLY WITH OUR VOICES, BUT ALSO WITH OUR DOLLARS, SO THAT WE CAN BUILD UP AN ENDOWMENT FOR SOUTH CAROLINA STATE THAT RIVALS THE ENDOWMENT OF OTHER STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING. WE CAN’T JUST “PARTY HEARTY” AND TAILGATE AT FOOTBALL GAMES, WE HAVE TO LEND OUR TIME, ENERGY, VOICES AND RESOURCES TO THE FIGHT FOR THE WELL BEING OF SOUTH CAROLINA STATE EVERY DAY.

I’M GLAD THAT WE’RE ALL HERE TODAY, BUT WE CAN’T JUST RALLY AND GO HOME, WE HAVE TO STAY ON THE CASE AND DEMAND THAT OUR GOVERNOR AND THAT SOME OF OUR LEGISLATORS DO MORE THAN USE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY AS A “POLITICAL FOOTBALL” TO BE KICKED AROUND FOR POLITICAL GAIN, AND LET ME BE FRANK WITH THE REST OF THE TRUTH. THE TRUTH IS THAT SOME REASONABLE AND WELL INTENTIONED PEOPLE IN OUR STATE’S SENATE ARE ALREADY WORKING ON REASONABLE SOLUTIONS TO FIX WHAT’S WRONG WITH SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY. SOME RESPONSIBLE VOICES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE DOING SO AS WELL, BUT TOO MANY OF THOSE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THINK THAT THEY CAN DO AS THEY PLEASE BECAUSE FEW SUPPORTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY LIVE IN THEIR HOUSE DISTRICTS. THE TRUTH IS THAT WE GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO FEEL THAT WAY IN THE LAST GENERAL ELECTION.

OF THE ROUGHLY 900,000 REGISTERED BLACK VOTERS IN OUR STATE, ONLY 300,000 WENT TO THE POLLS THIS PAST NOVEMBER. WE HAVE TO GET BUSY, GET OUT THE VOTE NEXT TIME AROUND AND SEND SOME MEAN-SPIRITED, BIGOTED AND SELF SERVING ELECTED OFFICIALS HOME IN 2016, BECAUSE NO LEGISLATIVE SEAT IS A “SAFE SEAT” IF THOSE WHO STAND FOR UNITY AND PROGRESS GO TO THE POLLS AND VOTE.

THREE OF THE FOUR MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE’S SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION UNKNOWINGLY PICKED THE RIGHT TIME TO MAKE A BAD PROPOSAL. THEY DID SO IN THE MIDST OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WHEN WE CELEBRATE PEOPLE LIKE DR. BENJAMIN ELIJAH MAYS, CONGRESSMAN JAMES E. CLYBURN, FEDERAL JUDGE MATTHEW J, PERRY, AND STATE SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE ERNEST FINNEY; PEOPLE LIKE STATE REPRESENTATIVE JUANITA GOGGINS, RETIRED MAJOR GENERAL ABRAHAM TURNER AND NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE GREATS DONNIE SHELL AND HARRY CARLSON – ALL GRADUATES OF SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY.

THREE OF THE FOUR MEMBERS OF THE STATE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE’S SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION MADE A BAD AND OUTRAGEOUS PROPOSAL ON THE WEEK AFTER WE REMEMBERED HENRY SMITH, WILLIAM HAMMOND AND DELANO MIDDLETON, WHO WERE MURDERED BY MEMBERS OF OUR STATE’S HIGHWAY PATROL ON FEBRUARY 8, 1968 DURING THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS.

AS ANOTHER SCRIPTURE OF MY FAITH TRADITION SAYS, “THIS IS THE DAY THAT LET LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.” THIS IS THE DAY WHEN ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL, REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NEED TO STAND UP, DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND AND TELL THOSE WHO WOULD MESS OVER SOUTH CAROLINA STATE THAT WE WON’T STAND FOR IT, WE WON’T BACK UP AND WE WON’T TURN AROUND. THIS IS THE DAY WHEN THOSE OF US WHO LOVE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY SHOULD RESOLVE TO STAND BY THE INSTITUTION’S STUDENTS AND FACULTY, SO THAT THEY’LL KNOW THAT THEY DON’T FIGHT ALONE AND THAT THE “BULLDOG SPIRIT” STILL LIVES. THIS IS THE DAY TO LET THOSE WHO THINK THAT THEY CAN ARBITRARILY MESS OVER A VENERABLE INSTITUTION KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT JIM CROW SOUTH CAROLINA OF FIFTY YEARS AGO AND THAT EVEN IN THE YEAR 2015, THE OLD SAYING OF MY ANCESTORS IN THE FAITH IS STILL TRUE, “GOD STILL HAS ALL POWER, AND THE LORD DOES NOT LIKE UGLY.” THIS IS THE DAY FOR US TO RESOLVE TO STABILIZE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE, TO SEND THOSE WITH A “CONFEDERACY OF THE MIND” HOME ON ELECTION DAY IN 2016 AND TO SEE THAT FREEDOM AND JUSTICE ROLL LIKE MIGHTY RIVERS IN OUR STATE.

LET’S STAY ON THE CASE, LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE, LET’S SEE THAT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY IS ALIVE, WELL, ON TASK AND FAITHFUL TO HER MISSION. LET US DO SO AFFIRMING THE WORDS OF JAMES WELDON JOHNSON, “FACING THE RISING SUN OF A NEW DAY BEGUN, LET US MARCH ON TILL VICTORY IS WON,” AND LET US DO SO AFFIRMING THE WORDS THAT ARE DEAR TO ALL OF THOSE WHO LOVE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE, “HAIL, HAIL, DEAR ALMA MATER; HAIL, HAIL, DEAR S.C.C.; WE’LL DEFEND AND HONOR, LOVE AND CHERISH THEE!”

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State Supt. Molly Spearman doing a lot of good

Watch her four minute report on her first 30 days as State Superintendent of Education.

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Your Brain and Music Processing

For a long time scientists have known that music and academics are correlated. They are now tracking down how it is that music and other things (like words, emotions, movement, sights) are processed in the brain, and why and how hearing and performing and understanding music works in and affects the brain.

Here is a link to an article telling about music and vocal sounds (not words, but “dramatic screams, chuckles, sobs etc “) being processed in the same part of the brain. It was published, appropriately, on Friday the 13th!

Brain invasion: why music can frighten us

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Need your input-Rock Hill Schools Late Start Days

LateStartThe Rock Hill School District is administering a simple nine question survey regarding Late-Start days. Your name and contact information are not required. Parents and employees will take the survey, and all taxpayers, especially employers, need to be heard, so please click the link and take the survey. A short explanation follows the link.

Late Start Day Survey, Rock Hill Schools

Explanation of Late Start Days and survey:

PewFor some years, the Rock Hill Schools have begun school two hours later than usual on six or eight days throughout the school year. Though I have seen staff members using the time effectively for training, planning and collaboration, the value of these days has been questioned by students, parents, staff and employers of parents. And though schools are supposed to provide supervision for students who need to be dropped off at the usual time, some principals routinely deny that service to parents. There is a clear correlation between teacher collaboration and student achievement, but it is not clear that training needs to occur at a time which inconveniences the entire community. What’s more, communication about staff late start activities has been minimal, so most people have no idea what is going on and thus doubt its effectiveness. Superintendent Kelly Pew is surveying the community about Late-Start Days. You pay school taxes, so please click the link above and voice your opinion.

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Technology and Facilities, Possible Bond for Schools?

Jim Vining

Jim Vining

Yesterday Jim Vining was on Straight Talk with Andrew Kiel discussing long-term school maintenance and upgrades, student and technology needs for meeting state technology education requirements, and possible funding bonds and a May 5 referendum which would not raise taxes. Thanks to WRHI for school news. Click below to hear the half-hour interview.

 

Andrew Kiel

Andrew Kiel

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Grants for Rock Hill Teachers

from Serena Williams, Coordinator of Community Services

Good Afternoon,

The Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation is pleased to announce the next opportunity to apply for grants.  Spring 2015 proposals will be accepted until Monday, February 16, 2015.  The Foundation has awarded over $53,000 in grants this school year!  Over $585,000 has been awarded to educators in our district since the grants program began.

Awards will be granted by the Foundation’s Grant Patrol.  As a reminder, you may now submit your grant request electronically.  Visit the Teacher Grants Program section of our website at the following link to learn more and to submit your application.

http://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/staff/teachergrantsprogram.aspx

The Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation will host the Innovation Gala, the Foundation’s annual signature fundraising event on Thursday, March 12th at Events at Manchester.  The Gala will be held from 6:30 until 9:00 pm.  The Innovation Gala will feature highlights from district innovative programs and initiatives that the Foundation supports including Back the Pack, Technology Implementation, Challenge Based Learning, and Teacher Grants.  The Foundation will also honor incredible community leaders who have led the way through generous giving and support of the organizations investments into Rock Hill Schools.

Dr. John Hodge, nationally known Education speaker will deliver a keynote address at the Innovation Gala.   Dr. Hodge plans highlight ways that our district works to focus on the achievement gap to promote continued community support of our work.  Dr. Hodge’s bio and references can be viewed here:   http://premierespeakers.com/john_hodge and http://www.educationspeakersgroup.com/j_hodge.html.

Information on the Innovation Gala, Sponsorship Opportunities, and Entitlements are attached for your review.  Rock Hill Schools Employees  who wish to attend may purchase reduced priced tickets for $75.00 each.  You may remit forms and checks to the Foundation’s PO Box which is enclosed or if you prefer to purchase via credit card; you may order at following link:  Online Payment of Innovation Gala Sponsorship or Tickets.  If you order your tickets online, please write “Innovation Gala” in the comments section.

Yours in Education,

Serena

 

Serena H. Williams
Coordinator of Community Services
660 N. Anderson Road
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
Direct Line:  803-981-1006
Office:  803-981-1041
Fax:     803-981-5786
Email: serenaw@rhmail.org

Learn + Grow + Connect + Thrive

 

 

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Rock Hill Schools answers racial slur

SPHS rockThis is from the Rock Hill Schools News on the District website, and addresses the disappointing racial slur found on a message rock. At left is the repainted message rock. Thanks South Pointe for quick action!

February 02, 2015

Each of our high schools has a large rock (or rocks) which students use to send messages, such as an important date or birthday wish. Sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning (Feb. 1), someone(s) painted the rock at South Pointe High School with a racial slur related to February being Black History Month.

The rock was discovered early Sunday morning by a school custodian who repainted the rock “around” 9 a.m. Some people saw the rock before it was repainted, made photos and shared their sadness and disappointment through social media. Our district does have outside camera surveillance at all of our high schools, but there has been no word yet on the investigation.

Rock Hill School District is one that celebrates diversity, and last week in our community, we celebrated a group called the Friendship 9 whose criminal records were vacated for trespassing 54 years ago at a local food counter that was designated for “whites only.” While the district is disappointed in the actions of those who painted the rock, we will not let them take from us our joy or success in the progress our community has made, and will continue to make, in racial relations.

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SC legislators meet York County Educators

Thanks to Storify for organizing my tweets from the meeting.

by Ginny Moe

a few seconds ago

SC Legislators meet York County Ed Assoc

SC legislative delagates were invited to meet with the York County Educators. Rep. Raye Felder, Rep. Tommy Pope, Sen. Wes Hayes attended. Best attendance in last four years from Educators, School Board members, interested public.

Ginny Moe
@GinnyMoeRHSC

#RHSD3 Tweeting from So Caro Ed Assoc York Co Legislators and Ed mtg

#RHSD3 State Rep Raye Felder vice-chair ed committee speaking-praising Joanie Lawson, SCEA rep to legislature

#RHSD3 Rep Felder says funding ed a major issue-learning process-looking at ways diff states fund ed-want to improve public ed

#RHSD3 Rep Felder now praising Rep Rita Allison, chair of ed committee-good advocate for ed-first woman chair in SC

#RHSD3 Rep Felder says she relies on help from Joanie and from Mike Fanning and Olde English Consortium to make ed decisions

#RHSD3 Rep Felder praising Read to Succeed program-how many proceed to 4th grade and read well-proudest of requirement for tracking

#RHSD3 Sherie East, York Co SCEA chair speaking-Laura Milam in RHSD3 got a book for every kid in RH3 this year

#RHSD3 Senator Wes Hayes and Rep Tommy Pope up next

#RHSD3 Joanie Lawsonb says thanks to Felder for getting that accountability in the legislation with her hard questions

#RHSD3 Sen Wes Hayes, rep half of York Co incl all Rock Hill, most of York and Tega Cay

Rep Felder 2nd on Ed Committee-quite an honor in only 2 terms #RHSD3

#RHSD3 Sen Hayes praising Jackie Hicks, recent SCEA Pres, said she really fought good fight and rep education well-got a lot done.

#RHSD3 4K now in every district with 70% poverty. Hope soon to make 4K for all Ss in poverty in state. Logical connect with Read to succeed.

#RHSD3 State standards in ELA and math coming along. New State Supt Ed Molly Spearman great to have her in mtg last year.

#RHSD3 Finally someone giving credit where credit is due-we are not at bottom or anywhere near.

#RHSD3 Supt Spearman already begun mtg monthly with district supts.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Sen Hayes: Biggest challenge this yr is State supreme ct directive re education-corridor of shame lawsuit.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Now Rep Tommy Pope, new speaker pro tempore of house, speaking.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Rep Pope says we complain DC gives us too many directives, but often state legislature does same to local boards.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Rep Pope for example-politicians mad at their local school bd or supt push through rules which affecxt entire state

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Rep Pope: wants to bring decision making back tohome as much as poss

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Rep Pope working on ethics, need to get it done “ethics isn’t the game, education, infrastructure, that’s the game”

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Rep Pope: Rep Simrill has been working on infrastructure funding for years-Gov finally admits tax chgs needed

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Rep Pope: this means tax reform eventually-praising Mike Fanning’s exemption study-get rid of those, fund everything

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Rep Pope: says legislature needs common sense and basic math, just a sausage factory down there.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Jane Sharp q: Read to Succeed, K4, are these going to help equity & Supreme Court decision. Hayes: Yes + explanation

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pope laments time and energy spent arguing against Common Core instead of helping teach kids

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pope we can say what needs to be done, just throwing $ not always answer, need real help

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Sheri East says here in York County better off, poorer counties struggle, but don’t want to rob Peter to pay Paul

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pope: support for local control of school calendar seems to be there

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pope mentioning a bill that talks about hours required for school, rather than days or certain dates

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat In attendacne Supt Kelly Pew, Several District Office people, teachers, principals

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat in attendance RHSD Sch Bd members Jim Vining, Jane Sharp, Mildred Douglas, Ann Reid, York, Ft Mill and Clover folks

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Hayes definitely calendar should be a local decision, but may not have votes in Senate esp from Horry County

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Ms Douglas says kids miss so much and get behind in summer

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Test score emphasis causes teachers to want to start school sooner says East

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Hayes says Molly will help there. No do away with testing, but not tie teachers hands.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Hayes “encouraged about [Molly’s] attitude toward testing”

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Students failing are those in poverty. Are other state groups which address poverty working with schools to address?

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pope says that seems to be addressed by local groups working together-state not very effective from a distance.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Hayes says no state agency deals with poverty directly. Most budget is for K-12 and Medicaid, some for Commerce

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Hayes hopes new DSS head is right person to help that agency

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pope asks q-are we making sure that all kids have same respect whether going to college or not?

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Joanie Lawson says career cluster requirement supposed to help therehard to get kids to come look at

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Supt Pew says they tour career center, work with Chamber to get apprenticeships, more than shadowing

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pew says we need to work with parents to understand, also community needs to help

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pew: workforce development important to businesses coming in

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Judy Mobley in Rock Hill parents and kids both get counseling in 8th grade-trying to get kids & parents to understand

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pope wants business people to come in and convince parents and kids. Too much college debt.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Mildred Douglas says Rock Hill ATC is doing a great job, kids getting jobs and succeeding.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Marty Mobley says every person in trades needs more training, all using iPads, all need to get tech training

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Sheri East points out some kids have unrealistic goals-don’t know they have already missed their chance for that goal

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Pope repeats, have some skilled business people come in and proselytize kids to trades.

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Jane Sharp mentions Pew’s phrase “College, Career, Citizenship ready”

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat A teacher says kids get public recognition for some things (esp sports) but not for others-eg not for plumber certify

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat Sheri East points out in 2012 SC spent 15K per prison inmate-better to spend that at schools and avoid incarceration

#RHSD3 #sced #sdedchat East also pointing out the zillion dollars spent on testing-is that being pushed by testing companies who profit?

2 HOURS AGO

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Failing Grade to School Report Cards

NEPC Analysis Gives a Failing Grade to School Report Cards

Statewide school accountability systems that measure school performance on an A-F scale are invalid, inaccurate, and undemocratic, a new policy brief concludes.

Contact: 
William J. Mathis, (802) 383-0058, wmathis@sover.net
Kenneth R. Howe, (303) 492-7229, ken.howe@colorado.edu

URL for this press release: http://tinyurl.com/p222x7w

BOULDER, CO (January 26, 2015) – Sixteen states purport to measure how effective schools are by assigning “report cards” that grade individual public schools on a scale of “A” to “F”.

Such systems deserve a failing grade, according to a new policy brief published today by the National Education Policy Center. The authors of the brief set forth three overarching reasons for this failure: The report card systems don’t validly measure school quality; they don’t fulfill their stated policy objective; and they don’t contribute to two fundamental goals of public education. These two goals are to educate students for democratic citizenship, and to incorporate parents and community members in the democratic deliberation about their public schools’ policies.

Why School Report Cards Merit a Failing Grade was written by Kenneth R. Howe and Kevin Murray. Howe is a professor of education at the University of Colorado Boulder, where the National Education Policy Center is housed. Murray is a Ph.D. candidate at CU Boulder.

Howe and Murray explain that the adoption of these grading systems is not based on research. They point out substantial problems with the school report card approach. “A single grade is too sweeping to synthesize a broad array of evaluation criteria—achievement, attendance, dropout rates, the offering of advanced classes, and more,” says Howe. “The categorical A-F scale is crude and imprecise, so that schools with the same grade, instead of being equivalent to each other, could differ substantially.” Not surprisingly, then, Howe and Murray find “little credible research on whether letter grades validly measure and express school quality.”

Murray adds that the A-F school grade system also “fails as a policy instrument because, while it may provide a superficially clear and simple measurement, there is no confidence that the measurement is an accurate measure of school performance, and indeed it can produce patently invalid representations of school quality.”

Instead of empowering people – parents and citizens – to join in the larger community decision-making process about education, the grades “are more likely to alienate parents from democratic participation in the education of their children,” Howe and Murray write in their policy brief. And because these systems ignore the central factors in school performance – resources available to schools, families and communities – they are rendered “ill-suited to drive school improvement.”

Finally, school report cards never measure educational outcomes central to fostering an effective citizenry in a democracy. They are, therefore, silent on whether the schools they purport to evaluate fulfill their prime objective of preparing students for citizenship in a democracy.

Howe and Murray offer a set of recommendations to eliminate single-grade systems, develop formats that use multiple indicators to more accurately profile school performance, and enlist assessment and evaluation experts in the design of school accountability systems, building on the recent work of researchers in Oklahoma and adding two key recommendations of their own: first enable democratic deliberation over the many purposes of schooling before establishing the criteria against which schools are to be assessed; then ensure that all accountability systems “promote, rather than neglect or inhibit, the formation of democratic character – which must be consciously cultivated.”

Find Why School Report Cards Merit a Failing Grade, by Kenneth R. Howe and Kevin Murray, on the NEPC website at:
http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/why-school-report-cards-fail

The mission of the National Education Policy Center is to produce and disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. We are guided by the belief that the democratic governance of public education is strengthened when policies are based on sound evidence.  For more information on the NEPC, please visit http://nepc.colorado.edu/.

This policy brief was made possible in part by the support of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice (greatlakescenter.org).

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Friendship Nine Musical Premiere

From Elaine Baker, Rock Hill Schools Director of Public Information

In 1961, nine male students attending Friendship College in Rock Hill helped change the direction of the Civil Rights Movement locally and nationally. Their story has been told many times over the years, but in late January, the world premiere of the musical,

No Fear For Freedom,

the story of the Friendship 9, will be presented in McGirt Auditorium at the Emmett Scott Center in Rock Hill (801 Crawford Road). Created by Bruce McKagan and popular, local author Kimberly P. Johnson, this musical will take the audience back to a time when “injustices were the norm and freedom was the plea.”

Below is information that you will want to know and share:

Show Times and Ticket Prices:

7:30 p.m. Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31, $20/adults and $10/youth and students

2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 31, $15/adults and $8/youth and students

(Tickets will be available at the door or online at https://nofearforfreedom-tickets.eventbrite.com. They will also be available soon in the Rock Hill Schools District Office, and district employees will be informed of the days and times.)

=Local and national media are expected to attend the musical. Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, is expected to attend one of the evening performances.

=At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, the Friendship Nine will return to Rock Hill Municipal Court to have their criminal records vacated after 54 years. Solicitor Kevin Brackett will welcome community citizens to come and experience this historic moment.

=A number of our students will see the musical at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 29 in McGirt Auditorium.

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