Posted August 23, 2019

Debunking the myths surrounding education choice

This article was first published on Download this report.  Earlier this month, the online opinion journal EducationNext rolled out the results of its annual poll on issues in American education. We always anticipate this nonpartisan survey because it provides a window into the minds of the general public… Read More
Posted August 15, 2019

South Carolina’s disabled students

This article was first published on Dropping test scores for students with disabilities cast another shadow on South Carolina’s education system. The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), otherwise known as The Nation’s Report Card, reveals that education outcomes for South Carolina’s special needs students have worsened considerably… Read More
Posted July 26, 2019

An “education moonshot”

This article was first published on This week, I was honored to be invited to speak to the Downtown Aiken Rotary, one of the oldest and largest clubs in the state. Education was front and center. My mission: to pack this massive (and massively important) issue into a… Read More
Posted July 19, 2019

Education report card: South Carolina vs. neighbors

This article was first published on South Carolina continues to sink below our southeastern neighbors in education outcomes. On almost every indicator, data shows that South Carolina is behind the curve. In light of that, Palmetto Promise has done some digging to look at how… Read More
Posted July 12, 2019

Strong leadership needed to fix State’s worst performing school districts

This article was first published on When it comes to fixing the problems in our state’s worst performing school districts, nearly everyone thinks that bold action at the state level is needed. But, in the face of immense local pressure to stand down, will the state act? There were signs of… Read More
Posted June 21, 2019

Classrooms crowded out of SC education funding

This article was first published on With over 70 sources of money, South Carolina’s system for funding our public schools is one of the most complicated in the country! That’s why this illustration is so powerful—total spending on programs is significant and administrative expenses are growing. But dollars tied to the needs of… Read More
Posted June 21, 2019

What “base student cost” means and why it matters for SC students

This article was first published on Our post several weeks ago, “South Carolina public schools are not underfunded,” caused considerable blowback from the “just give us more money” sector. Now to be fair, the definition of “fully funding” our state’s public schools is tricky.  So, in the interest… Read More
Posted June 20, 2019

Much work remains to fix SC schools

This article was first published on The 2019 South Carolina legislative session saw a strong focus on K-12 education. New education spending topped $290 million. While many important needs were met, most notably the teacher pay increase, there is still work to be done in order to unlock… Read More
Posted May 10, 2019

SC Teachers Deserve Big Ideas And Bold Solutions

This article was first published on Dr. Francis McMann. Graduate of the famed University of Chicago school of economics. John Wayne movie aficionado. And the public high school teacher whose AP U.S. History and Economics classes shaped my life and put me on the path to doing the… Read More
Posted April 26, 2019

South Carolina schools are not underfunded

This article was first published on When the South Carolina Senate debated the state budget last week, a key fiscal issue occupied a fair amount of time in the deliberative body: the adequacy of K-12 education funding. Senator Mike Fanning (D-Fairfield) declared that education in South Carolina is… Read More