H 4299, a bill that would add one at-large member to the Pickens County School Board, was passed by the SC House by a 61-1 vote. Rep. Gary Clary and Rep. Neal Collins co-sponsored this bill.
It is likely that the future of this bill will depend on the ability of the Pickens County School Board to correct the problems cited by AdvanceEd. Senator Larry Martin writes, "I do not want to do anything at this time that shifts the focus away from what this board needs to do in order to positively respond. It is for this reason that H.4299 will remain on the local calendar for the time being in the Senate."
The League of Women Voters supports adding at-large representation to the Pickens County School Board. Our rationale is expressed in a recent Letter to the Editor .
A quality public education is essential for a strong and sustainable democratic society and is a civil right.
The League of Women Voters believes that our schools should be adequately financed. Therefore, we support this increase in the millage rate.
A petition supporting the millage increase is available here
A short analysis of funding of education by state government is available at MY TURN: Local government by the numbers
, a commentary by Dr. Holley Ullbrich in The Statehouse Report, May 23.
Dr. Holley Ulbrich made a statement
to the Pickens County School Board on May 26, describing the economic situation in Pickens County.
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