Summer is here!
With the end of the school year comes the end of this year’s legislative cycle. The 2017 legislative session is the first of a two-year cycle, and bills introduced in one chamber (House or Senate) and not the other will resume consideration in next year’s session.
In this issue of PEP Rally you can review some of those bills that may affect our schools. You’ll also find in this issue information about our state’s education budget, report card and student assessment changes, and an update on school district salary and pension legislative action.
The summer is also a great time to plan ahead for when school reopens, and I have opportunities to visit individual school improvement councils and PTA groups. If you would like to learn more about these legislative issues and about the importance of lending your voice to these issues through advocacy, I would love to meet with you or your group. Please contact me so I may plan a time to visit you this fall. I would love to get you, and your organization, equiped with the tools necessary to help support our public schools through advocacy.
Continue having a fun and safe summer!
Public Policy and Advocacy Director
Overall State Budget
The SC General Assembly finalized the state budget for the 2017-2018 year. The comprehensive state budget plans are online at H.3720 and H.3721. Additional considerations were given to the state’s education budget and education accountability system before closing the 2017 legislative session.