The Agenda: Teacher turnover increases under incentive program; Zika in S.C.?; Pricey recycling

$11.7M program pays out $614k to teachers

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Charleston County schools got $11.7 million to run a pilot program of a controversial performance-based pay system for teachers in an effort to retain quality educators, but results show that turnover actually increased at most of the pilot schools. Of the $11.7 million pumped into the program, just $614,900 was paid out to teachers. Source: P&C

New York Times columnists Charles Blow and Paul Krugman both knocked Bernie Sanders for seemingly minimizing the impact of Southern voters, pointing to the South's conservative politics:

Blow: "Sanders dismisses the Deep South"
Krugman: "Sanders shouldn't slight Southern Democratic voters"

NYT editorial: "Transgender bathroom hysteria, cont'd"

As mosquito season revs up, South Carolina remains one of nine states that hasn't had a confirmed case of Zika, but health officials say they expect to start seeing it here. Source: P&C

South African Branden Grace notched his first PGA Tour win at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head over the weekend. Source: The State

Gov. Nikki Haley is pushing her political priorities hard in the Statehouse as the crossover deadline nears, not only to beat the deadline on the current session but also the limited number of legislative sessions left in her second term as governor. Source: P&C

Analysis by The State shows that black students in South Carolina are three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white classmates. Source: The State

A recycling agreement between Charleston and Horry County that used to pay Charleston $425 for each truckload hauled up the coast for processing now pays nothing as the market for recycled petroleum based plastic has plummeted. But the arrangement is still costs less than having to dump and store it as waste in a landfill. Source: P&C

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry's aggressive tactics to affect social change may turn off some local leaders, but a P&C report says the group has produced tangible results in spite of that tension. Source: P&C


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