We know that the children who learn the most and do the best in school are the ones whose parents are their most important teachers. We know that teachers value parental involvement and respect more than just about anything — in many cases more than better pay and benefits.
It takes more specialized services to educate a child who’s hearing-impaired than one who isn’t, more to educate a child with learning disabil…
Renee Orth is the most unconventional candidate for Charleston mayor. She's also the most interesting, with her focus on fighting climate change by planting “edible rain gardens,” eliminating single-family zoning, staving off the anarchy to come when the power supply shuts down and the food runs out, and taking back our society by shrinking the government to make it obsolete.
Residential property taxes, a reader told me this week, “have the capacity to destroy families and communities in one fell swoop” because they “are based on what you could sell the house for, but you have not yet realized that gain.” It's a favorite complaint, but it's no longer true, thanks to Act 388, which stripped the fairness from the SC property tax system.
A national ranking shows South Carolina homeowners pay the 6th-lowest property taxes in the nation, a fact that provides useful context as the Legislature attempts to adopt a new funding formula for schools, and school advocates push for the repeal of Act 388's exemption on school operating taxes for owner-occupied houses.
Imagine the Legislature passed a law that said USC can only recruit football players who are South Carolinians, but Clemson can still recruit …
The SC Legislature loves to prohibit cities and counties from protecting their communities, with such laws as the the pig-farm-ban ban and the billboard-ban ban and an indoor-smoking-ban ban. And of course the gun-ban ban. Or, more accurately, the ban on cities and counties imposing even the most modest restrictions on guns.
Do we really even need school boards? It’s not a question that’s come up in the Legislature, where lawmakers seem to just assume that of course we need school boards. After all, we’ve always had them.
We’ve talked a lot this year about reforms we need to make so S.C. schools provide a decent education to all kids. And they’re essential. But …
Given the hyper-charged efforts by prominent politicians, special-interest groups and social-media trolls to undermine the credibility of journalists, it seemed like a good opportunity to talk about the people in our community who make sure you have the information you need before, during and after the storm.