PEP CEO Message: 2019 In Review

A few weeks ago, a 7th grader walked into the Public Education Partners office holding a mason jar filled with $72.14 in coins and small bills. She wanted to donate her portion of the proceeds from her family’s yard sale to Public Education Partners, in part because of a school project that focuses on service […]

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Minimally Adequate One Year Later

A year ago this November, The Post and Courier published Minimally Adequate, a series highlighting lingering inequities within the South Carolina public education system. Our state hasn’t passed meaningful education reform since Governor Dick Riley spearheaded efforts in the 1980s. Minimally Adequate sparked a conversation that turned 2019 into the “year of education” in South […]

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InformEdsc Wins InnoVision Award

Public Education Partners (PEP) and Acuitas Economics recently received the 2019 InnoVision Award for Community Service for the development of InformEdsc.org. The award recognizes organizations for the development of new technology to provide products, services or processes that improve the quality of life in South Carolina communities. “As an InnoVision Advisory Board member, I was […]

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PEP Hires New CEO

Public Education Partners (PEP), Greenville County’s only nonprofit focused solely on improving K–12 public education, has hired Catherine Schumacher to serve as President & CEO, effective November 4, 2019. “PEP continues to lead the way in discussions about K-12 public education, supporting and elevating teachers and their profession, and ensuring access to a quality education […]

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PEP Launches InformEdsc.org

Public Education Partners (PEP) is pleased to announce the launch of InformEdsc.org (Inform Ed SC), an interactive website where state and local leaders, parents and other members of the community can obtain current, accurate information about K-12 public education in Greenville County and the state of South Carolina. Developed by PEP and Acuitas Economics, through […]

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PEP Hires Two New Staff

Public Education Partners (PEP) is proud to announce the addition of two new staff positions, Carol Beard as Program Associate and Michelle Rash as Community Organizer.  “PEP’s new strategic plan clearly sets our course to continue to advocate for conditions at the school, system, and community levels that encourage the recruitment, retention, and advancement of top-quality […]

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PEP Celebrated Summer Learning with Literacy Events

PEP celebrated National Summer Learning Week by conducting Family Reading Night events for students of East North Street Academy (ENSA) and Taylors Elementary on July 11, hosting over 450 students and family members. The night was part of PEP’s Make Summer Count (MSC) program, which reached over 18,300 Greenville County Schools (GCS) students, and is […]

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Whaley Named Interim CEO

The Board of Directors of Public Education Partners (PEP) is pleased to announce that Angel Whaley, PEP’s Vice President of Advancement, will serve as PEP’s interim President and CEO beginning Monday, June 17th. Angel will serve in this interim executive capacity until the search for a new President and CEO concludes in late summer/early fall, providing […]

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PEP Celebrates GATE Graduates, Awards Grants

Public Education Partners (PEP) honored the first seven graduates of the Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) program and awarded $24,000 to fund nine Quality Teaching Grants, at a reception held May 29, 2019, at the Westin Poinsett. The graduation celebration recognized the completion of the three-year GATE program and eligibility for South Carolina teacher certification, […]

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2nd #Teach864 Night Honors, Features Teachers

Public Education Partners (PEP) again partnered with Greenville County Schools (GCS) and the Greenville Drive to honor teachers and celebrate #Teach864 Night at Fluor Field on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. “At Public Ed Partners, we ask ourselves, ‘How do we attract, retain and advance the best possible teacher talent in Greenville?’” said Ansel Sanders, PEP’s […]

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