Our funniest photos of 2012: A photoshopped, memed year in review - 2012 was quite a tumultuous year in politics, especially in South Carolina. Here are the best photos collected (and in many cases, created) over the past year by Palmetto Public Editor Logan Smith.
SC plan to grade teachers stirs protests - State education superintendent Mick Zais and educators are fighting bitterly over a proposal to give letter grades to teachers based, in part, on how students improve on standardized testing, according to The State’s Jamie Self. The proposal by Zais, a retired Army general and former college president who is in his first term as the state’s Republican schools superintendent, has led to accusations of ill will.
SC lawmaker again tries to change FOI law - A state lawmaker is again trying to strengthen South Carolina’s public records laws with a proposal that would bar public agencies, governments and school districts from charging excessive fees and require them to respond more quickly to requests, according to the Associated Press’ Meg Kinnard. Rep. Bill Taylor pre-filed legislation that would cut the allotted time that public agencies have to respond to records requests from 30 business days to 30 calendar days.
Dept. of Social Services tries to sort out multiple problems - The Legislative Audit Council recently approved an audit of the Department of Social Services, according to the Charleston Post & Courier’s Prentiss Findlay. Problems identified in the meeting included the timeliness of DSS response to complaints about child welfare and delayed court proceedings because department paperwork was not in order.
Sanford confirms impending Congressional bid - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who left public life two years ago after mysteriously disappearing to visit his then-mistress in Argentina, is poised to re-enter the political arena, according to the Associated Press’ Seanna Adcox. Acknowledging reports that he is seriously weighing a congressional bid for the seat he once held, Sanford wrote in an email late Saturday: “To answer your question, yes the accounts are accurate.”
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