​​​​​​SOUTH CAROLINA ORGANIZATION OF RURAL SCHOOLS

 

May President’s Corner

Every student should be provided the same opportunities such as, clean, safe schools with the best appropriate technology, modern classrooms, trained and skilled leadership, fully staffed teaching force, and a pipeline of leaders, teachers and staff preparing to assume their roles as appropriate regardless of their zip code.

Why do children in urban and suburban areas have better schools, more technology, a richer curriculum, exceptional areas of study, magnet schools, and much more than our rural children?  The truth is this is the path we choose.

 Are their other paths?  Of course, there are:

 Commit to providing every student with the same opportunities such as, clean, safe schools with the best appropriate technology, modern classrooms, trained and skilled leadership, fully staffed teaching force, and a pipeline of leaders, teachers and staff preparing to assume their roles as appropriate. 

This could start with a review of the House Policy Review and Task Force (Abbeville Trask force), submitted December 17, 2015.  Was this just another group of meetings and a huge report or is there substantive findings and recommendations that should and can be put into place?

Commit too full funding of the Education finance Act.  We can not expect any funding formula to work if it is substantially underfunded every year.  It is possible to achieve this goal over a reasonable period.

Recruit and retain quality leaders, teachers, and staff.  Establish a starting salary for teachers of $40,000 to be reached over a period such as 2-5 years or less.

We can choose to continue to sprinkle tidbits of funding toward the EFA and quibble over 1% - 2% -0% for pay raises or set a course to provide every student regardless of zip code with a clean, safe school with the best appropriate technology, modern classrooms, teachers and staff, and resources to use.

 All rural citizens, leaders, teachers, classified staff, school boards, local school and community organizations must stand up for their homes, communities and children and call for Equity and Quality for Rural SC.


Roger Smith
President
803 261-6399
rsmith011@sc.rr.com