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Who is Qualified to be Superintendent of South Caraolina? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Johnelle Raines - Pickens, SC   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

What qualities are needed to be an effective SC State Superintendent of Education?  What makes for an ineffective one?  Anyone who truly wants what is best for SC children needs to be answering those questions before voting for a candidate vying for the position of SC Superintendent.

I have, and would like to share my thoughts.

An effective Superintendent should be able to motivate and lead people, be trustworthy, be a good listener, communicate and work well with others, be flexible, have a sense of humor, be a continual learner, know how to set goals and accomplish them, have good morals, be a problem solver, a critical thinker and most importantly be asking the question, “What is best for SC children?” After working with Sheri Few for well over a year in our grassroots efforts to stop the implementation of Common Core Standards in SC, she has proven she possesses all of the above qualities needed.

This Is War PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Hall - Greenville, SC   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Exactly 40 years ago (as I write this) President Ronald Reagan made one of his great State of the Union addresses. His closing remarks need to be reviewed:

We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, “The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind.”

Tax the Rich and Raise the Minimum Wage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Hall - Greenville, SC   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

As I write this, several politicians are advocating that we raise the tax rate on the rich, so our government will have more money to pay our debts, and they want to raise the minimum wage to “help” the poorest of the poor. Several other politicians and many private citizens, including me, strongly believe both of these measures would be tragic mistakes. They ignore and run counter to the realities of street level economics. Let us look at a ridiculously simple hypothetical case to see what I am talking about:

Mr. John Doe owns a factory employing 200 workers that manufacture Supergismos at the rate of 1,000,000 per year which he sells for $10 each, generating a gross income of $10,000,000. His total production costs run $9 per unit. His net profit before taxes is $1,000,000. His present tax rate is 90%, so the government takes $900,000 and he gets to keep $100,000 per year, which he regards as a somewhat disappointing, barely adequate income for someone who works so hard and risks so much as he does.

Is Governor Haley REALLY Against Common Core Standards? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Johnnelle Raines - Upstate Regional Leader SCPIE   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

Last night I watched intently Governor Haley’s State of the State address…no mention of getting rid of Common Core Standards (CCS)! When asked recently at events she clearly will state she is against our present Common Core Standards. But no mention of that in her Education Plan or her State of the State address?

I am a huge fan of country singer Toby Keith. His song, “A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action” comes to mind when I hear Governor Haley “say” she is against CCS. Last night would have been the perfect opportunity to make sure all the Legislators and citizens of SC know she is against these standards…but what did we hear from her on these child abusive standards? ... crickets…

The Debate on Common Core PDF Print E-mail
Written by Johnnelle Raines - Regional Upstate Leader of SC Parents Involved in Education   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

First of all I want to congratulate The Times Examiner and WORD radio for recognizing what is truly important news to cover. They were the only newspaper and radio show I am aware of that was in attendance at the Debate on Common Core held at Greer High School this past week sponsored by SC Senators Tom Corbin, Representatives Mike Burns and Dwight Loftis.

SC Parents Involved in Education’s President Sheri Few, American Principal Project’s Jane Robbins, and Americans Have Had Enough’s Executive Director Roan Garcia Quintana decimated the representatives from SC Education Association’s representatives in this debate. They made it clear Common Core is NOT in the best interest of SC children. All the local TV stations, radios, and newspapers were sent a press release...but obviously they didn't think the future of SC children's education was important enough to cover. Shame on them!


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