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McKinley Architects & Engineers

The Thrasher Group

Williamson Shriver Architects

March 13, 2015 - Volume 35 Issue 17

The South Carolina Board of Education voted unanimously (March 11, 2015) to replace the Common Core Standards now being used in math and English, killing Common Core in the state. The board adopted new standards, written by teams of South Carolinians, which teachers will start using this fall. (WLTX, March 11).


"Expectation is the mother of all frustration..." - Antonio Domínguez Banderaso Banderas (better known as Antonio Banderas), 1960 -, Spanish actor, director and producer. Banderas has appeared in various high-profile Hollywood movies, including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, Desperado, The Mask of Zorro and Spy Kids. 


“I need to firmly understand what the challenges are in the existing set of standards to make firm recommendations about how to improve those. I firmly believe that we’re on the right path in terms of reform efforts in the state of West Virginia.” – Supt. Michael Martirano on Senate action to give him more time to analyze Common Core-related standards before making a decision on keeping, changing or rejecting them.

“I firmly believe that our standards are of high quality right now. A’s and B’s delivered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a lot of other sources have ranked our standards very high. They previously were not college and career ready standards.” – Supt. Michael Martirano

“I think you can hide behind a very broad-based discrimination-prohibited language, or you can be specific.” – Delegate Nancy Guthrie on a provision in the charter schools bill that she and others feared would not protect individuals against discrimination based on sexual orientation

“With all of our work, we still have some of the lowest-performing students in the entire state. I just believe that it’s time to give charter schools a chance.” – Rev. Matthew Watts, a leader in a pilot project to revive Charleston’s West Side, including the schools

“This takes a big stab at the central office in the Department of Education. It also takes a big stab at DHHR, which has been the elephant in the budget room for many years for waste.” – Delegate Michael Folk

“I think it would be irresponsible when we are losing people from the county government jobs and turn around and have to give our teachers a $2,000 raise.” – Sen. Greg Boso

“Senate Bill 359 was an overreach and was also selective in the issues it addressed. The bill only addressed issues that were found within counties and failed to comprehensively address the broader issue of top heavy management, excessive bureaucracy, and wasted resources at West Virginia Department of education, West Virginia Board of Education and at the various Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs). In short, the bill only addressed issues in the trenches and failed to react to the main thrust of the ‘audit’: that of over-management and bloated bureaucracy.” – Delegate Roy Cooper on the big education reform bill from two years ago.