Cindi Ross Scoppe

Cindi Ross Scoppe

These aren’t wealthy-school problems

In some SC school districts, state-mandated technology upgrades can’t be completed without threatening the building’s collapse, bus drivers routinely take a break mid-route to take 4-year-olds to the bathroom, and teachers know they can’t be fired because the district can’t find any replacements.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Take 14 teens, 10 adults, add a week of work and prayer, and be amazed

I SPENT THE PAST week being amazed by what extraordinary things ordinary people can accomplish. A efficiency expert would not share my amazement: 24 people spent seven days (five if you don’t count the travel time) building two wheelchair ramps and two sets of wooden steps, replacing a worn-out carpet with a new linoleum floor, repairing a couple of leaky windows and scrubbing a nicotine-stained ceiling clean.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Should we subsidize pensions for 11 lobbying groups?

The SC House wants taxpayers to pay for the SC Education Association’s extra cost for its employees’ pensions next year. And the State Employees’ Association’s, and the Municipal Association’s, and the other eight wholly private organizations that participate in the SC Retirement System.

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Whose water is it, anyway?

Let’s just focus on how the mega-farms are draining South Carolina’s rivers, how they’re causing precipitous drops in groundwater levels, how the neighbors’ wells are running dry. You can debate whether being a bad neighbor is the state’s business, but the water we all have to share clearly is the state’s business.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

How SC government is like the 12 Days of Christmas

The SC state budget funds about 110 separate entities; some counts put the number higher, some lower, but no matter how you look at it, it’s too high to be effectively managed and coordinated, particularly since most of the entities are run by part-time boards. And now the Legislature is poised to create another one.

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Schools in Denmark-Olar are old and inadequate, a problem in many rural districts

More than 20 years after poor, rural schools sued the state for more support, little has been done to ensure that children in different zip codes have access to the same quality education. As the economy has recovered, legislators have given all K-12 scho
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Schools in Denmark-Olar are old and inadequate, a problem in many rural districts

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Sindarius Thornwell returns

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Patriotic Celebration of Liberty spans 30 years at First Baptist Church

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Family describes 'mass chaos' after car crashes into SC funeral service