Molly’s May 2018 Education Update

[MUSIC] Hello Thank you for
tuning into our June education update. As we wrap up the 2017/2018 school year, I want to share some exciting
news about education from across South Carolina May was official
proclaimed as Teacher Appreciation Month, and what better time than to name our
2019 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. On May 2nd,
at the annual gala in Columbia, Jeff Maxey of Star Elementary School
in Anderson School District 3 was named South Carolina’s top teacher
Jeff is so deserving of this honor, and will do a tremendous job
representing our over 50,000 hard working teachers as he travels
across the state in his brand new BMW. As South Carolina’s teacher of the year,
Jeff also receives $25,000 which is bestowed on him
by the people of South Carolina. Congratulations to Jeff our
2019 [INAUDIBLE] teachers, and the tens of thousands
of teachers who work so hard to ensure that our students
are prepared for success. While the South Carolina General Assembly
is still needing to iron out details of the state budget,
I’m pleased to report that both parties have included Both an across-the-board
raise for all teachers, and a raise for the state funding
of starting teacher pay by 6%. I remain committed to
advocating each day for the needs of our students and teachers. And competitive pay for those in
the classroom is crucial to attracting and retaining high quality educators. I’m also excited to announce that on
May 3rd United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved
South Carolina’s consolidated state plan under
the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA allowed states more local control and flexibility on best to deliver
instruction to students. South Carolina’s embodies our vision
that every graduate is prepared for success in college,
career, and citizenship. This vision is carried out using multiple
measures to deliver rigorous, and personalized instruction to every student. It also comes with it
a redesign report card that is full of useful information for
parents, educators, and communities. Our new Essa report card will be
released in November of this year. South Carolina prides itself on its
support of our service men and women. Military connected families and
our veterans. At the end of each school year over 2000
students make the decision to serve and protect our country by in listing in
the military For the third year in a row, now, I was pleased to provide all
students entering the military or attending a military service
academy with a red white and blue honor cord to wear at graduation
ceremonies across our state. We were also honored to have
over 400 of these students come to Columbia To be recognized
at a special ceremony. Thank you to the students for
their sacrifice and willingness to serve. This is a career pathway that can open
many doors for you in the future. Finally, I want to take a moment
to say congratulations to the over 48,000 South Carolina high school
graduates on a job Well done. You are our future leaders, and
we know the future of our state and nation is brighter because of you. To the proud parents, teachers, and communities that have supported
these students along the way, hats off to you for guiding and
encouraging them to persevere. And to strive to be lifelong learners and
good citizens. I hope everyone has a restful and
safe summer break, have some fun and I look forward to speaking
again with you and seeing what next year has in store for
all of us.

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