Conference Registration Open:
November 6 - 8, 2014
14th Annual Conference
Marriott, Downtown Columbia
Alliance Welcomes 10 New Public Charter Schools
The Alliance is excited to announce the opening of 10 new public charter schools. We welcome the students, teachers, families, leaders, and board members of each of these exciting new educational opportunities.
FCC MODERNIZES E-RATE PROGRAM
The FCC modernized the current E-Rate program to expand robust Wi-Fi networks in the nation's schools and libraries. Reforms to expand Wi-Fi to 10 million more students, thousands of libraries nationwide next year. Read More
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE JUNE 2014
• The budget is on its way to the Governor for vetoes. We do not expect any major changes at this point. For your FY2015 budgets, there are many scenarios at play due to the changes.
• View Appropriations Bill as passed by the General Assembly.
Budget Highlights:New per pupil weights are in place. For the current fiscal year, the pupil classification weightings are:
Transition funds are in place for schools losing funds based on the new weights (except for a prorated amount for the school in Georgetown). SCDE will be providing guidance on computing these amounts in the coming weeks. It is our understanding that these funds will not be issued until after the 135 day counts are in and computed.
Funding for South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) students will be base plus funds allocated in 1A.69. Pupils enrolled in virtual charter schools by the SCPCSD or institutions of higher education shall receive $1,900 per weighted pupil and pupils enrolled in brick and mortar charter schools sponsored by the SCPCSD or institutions of higher education shall receive $3,600 per weighted pupil.
There will be new technology and reading coach funds - guidance provided by SCDE in coming weeks.
There are significant changes to the Charter School Act. Highlights include:
The Alliance will host a series of webinars and provide further technical assistance on all of these changes. These topics will also be discussed at the Leaders Meeting on July 31st.
SOUTH CAROLINA CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE CHANGING LIVES
Executive Director of the Public Charter School Alliance, Mary Carmichael, recently wrote about how charter schools are changing the lives of students in South Carolina. "All South Carolina children - regardless of race, income or zip code - should have access to a high quality education. Providing our children with an excellent education will not only help them achieve their independence and dreams, but also drive our state's economy and future." Read more
PISA REPORT RELEASED
Based on data released December 3, 2013, from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), this Alliance for Excellent Education report reveals that the United States struggles to produce top performers in reading, math, and science at the rates of its international peers. These students, who the report calls the "deepest learners," demonstrate the deep understanding of content and the ability to apply knowledge to solve problems, think critically, and communicate effectively. By combining existing research with the latest PISA data, The Deepest Learners offers four recommendations based on practices in high-performing countries that can inform policymakers as states move forward to implement college and career-ready standards.
CHARTER LEADERS AT THE STATEHOUSE
Public charter school leaders from across the state recently met with Governor Nikki Haley in Columbia. They discussed the specific needs of public charter schools and their students, along with how to expand high quality charter schools and provide more parental choice.
Pictured here in the Governor’s office from left to right are: Karen Wicks of Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts and Science, Jasper County; Allison Reaves of Connections Academy, Statewide Virtual Charter School; Mary Carmichael, Director of Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina; Shawn Johnson of Charleston Development Academy Public Charter School, Charleston County; Governor Nikki Haley, Victoria Dixon-Mokeba of Carolina School for Inquiry, Richland 1 County; Mike Messner of Carolina Voyager Charter School, Charleston County; Kristin Bohan of Coastal Montessori Charter School, Georgetown; Allison Thomas of Riverview Charter School, Beaufort; Mike Sinclair of Brashier Middle College, Greenville; and Courtney Francher of Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success, Horry County.