New law lets SC education chief fire boards after takeover

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South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman, right, and Gov. Henry McMaster, left, discuss the state opening up vaccines for more people at a news conference on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Officials announced the majority of people in the state, including teachers and people 55 and older, can get the coronavirus vaccine starting next week. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new law in South Carolina allows the state education superintendent to fire the entire school board in districts that have too many schools rated as “underperforming.”

The law allows the superintendent to declare a state-of-education emergency in school districts where 65% or more of the schools are rated “underperforming” for three straight years on the Department of Education’s annual school report cards.

If the State Board of Education agrees with the superintendent on the emergency declaration, the district’s school board is all fired. The law doesn’t go into effect until July 2022.

The state is currently running districts in Allendale County for a second time as well as in Williamsburg County and Florence District 4.

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