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Americans for Prosperity Foundation – South Carolina, in conjunction with The Foundation for Educational Choice, hosted a very successful event in honor of Milton Friedman on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Express in Greenville.  The room was packed, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the program.  Milton Friedman was a Nobel Prize winning economist, who was a vocal supporter of the free market.  According to Friedman, “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.  A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”

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Pat Wavle is a National Board Certified math teacher. She is married with 5 children, and has taught at Greer High School for 13 years.

She was one of 1100 teachers from around the world who applied for Space Camp. A total of 105 were chosen to attend.  Selected teachers came from 47 states and 22 foreign countries.

Honeywell and NASA sponsor the program.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to practice a lot of math and science, to meet a lot of great teachers from other places, and to learn a lot about our space program,” Wavle said.

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School Board Retains Option to Raise Taxes

Greenville County Schools Superintendent Phinnize Fisher withdrew her proposed millage hike prior to the public hearing Thursday, June 2.

Only one citizen spoke in favor of the tax increase at the public hearing. Valerie Hollinger, a former board member, urged the board to vote for the tax increase “for the children.” No citizens appeared to oppose increases in taxes.

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Mick-Zias-2“I believe that no child should be forced to attend a failing school,” Dr. Mick Zais, South Carolina Superintendent of Education, told the Greenville County Republican Women Thursday. “Low income families deserve the same rights that high income families have always had, which is to choose the best school, which is the right fit for their child.”

Zais, who took office in January as the first Republican superintendent of education in 12 years, focuses on outcome and student learning, not input spending, curricula and programs.

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Challenger Says, “More and more money is not the answer”

A public forum giving the public an opportunity to see and hear selective views of four of six Greenville County School Board incumbents and their challengers was held at Sevier Middle School Thursday evening. The event was poorly attended and moderated by Greenville News opinion page writer and editor Beth Padget. All candidates were asked to respond to the same “soft-ball” questions. No provocative questions were  asked.

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Opponents Claim Teachers Want Money Spent on Other Things

Roger-MeekParents and teachers in Greenville County are getting virtual “whiplash” from back and forth decisions on classroom supplies by members of the school board.

Earlier this year the school board approved the budget for School Year 2010-2011. Due to budget considerations the board deleted all funds for the reimbursement of teachers for out-of-pocket purchases of classroom supplies needed by students and not provided by the school or parents that had been included in budgets in recent years.

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Northwood Middle School Math Teacher

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Greenville County Schools Superintendent Phinnize J. Fisher announced the selection of Wakesha Fogle, Northwood Middle School mathematics teacher, as the 2010-11 Greenville County Teacher of the Year.

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