PEP Fall 2020 Newsletter

I recently learned that gratitude literally rewires your brain to heal the effects of anxiety and stress. I think we can all agree that our brains need some healing in 2020. As PEP continues to celebrate 35 years of working collaboratively to improve student achievement and public education in Greenville County, I want to take […]

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PEP and OnTrack Greenville Celebrate American Education Week

Happy American Education Week! We would like to thank all of the incredible people who dedicate their lives to our public schools – teachers, administrators, bus drivers, substitutes, food staff, and so many other Greenville County Schools employees. Throughout this uniquely difficult time, they’ve demonstrated incredible resilience, and we are honored to support them. Throughout […]

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PEP Launches Teacher Fellows Program

Teachers are leaders in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities. They are powerful advocates for our students and we aim to amplify their voices through leadership opportunities like our Teacher Fellows program. Teacher Fellows is a half-year policy and advocacy fellowship for Greenville County Schools educators. Participants will meet twice monthly to learn from […]

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School Board Candidate Forums

Are you ready to vote in your school board race? We partnered with the League of Women Voters of Greenville County to host three candidate forums for School Board Districts 21, 25, & 27!   You can watch the recordings here:   District 21   District 25   District 27   If you’re looking for […]

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2020 Partner of the Year

  Join us virtually on Monday, November 16th from 4-5PM as we honor the Jolley Foundation! The Jolley Foundation has supported Public Education Partners’ mission for nearly 30 years, and its recent investment in our policy and advocacy work has been a game changer that will reap benefits for Greenville’s public schools and students for […]

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Elevating Teachers: Resources for Resilience

  After hosting Elena Aguilar this week, PEP’s Program Director, Qena Jennings, put together this Elena-inspired list of resources for building resilience – and yes, Brené Brown made the cut!   Resilience Tools from Elena Aguilar Onward Tools – Onward website with free downloadable tools to boost resilience We also cannot recommend her book ‘Onward’ […]

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PEP & RCPEP Issue Statement on Supreme Court Decision In Adams V McMaster

Today the South Carolina Supreme Court unanimously declared that Governor McMaster’s SAFE Grants program is unconstitutional, holding that “the Governor’s allocation of $32 million in GEER funds to support the SAFE Grants Program constitutes the use of public funds for the direct benefit of private educational institutions within the meaning of, and prohibited by, Article […]

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PEPGC AND RCPEP FILE AMICI CURIAE BRIEF IN ADAMS V MCMASTER CASE

Public Education Partners Greenville County (PEPGC) and Richland County Public Education Partners (RCPEP) jointly filed an amici curiae brief in Adams v. McMaster. The case, currently before the South Carolina Supreme Court, could determine the fate of Governor McMaster’s Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants program which aims to create a tuition voucher program […]

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My Drive to #Teach864

PEP Launches ‘My Drive to #Teach864’ Campaign

 In honor of Greenville’s teachers and PEP’s 35th Anniversary, we’re partnering with the Greenville Drive to raise $35,000 through the My Drive to #Teach864 campaign. In past years, we’ve celebrated teachers at Fluor Field with the Greenville Drive for #Teach864 night. This year, however, we’re adapting to meet the new needs of our Greenville County […]

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Join the PEP Team

For 35 years, we have collaborated with community partners to strengthen public education for the 77,000 students and 7,000 teachers in Greenville County Schools – and right now we’re looking for a Community Organizer to help us continue our work! The Community Organizer will play the critical role of conducting outreach and ensuring that the […]

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Take Action to Protect Public Schools

Tell your representatives where you stand on private school vouchers today! The Governor’s Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) grants are nothing more than an executive branch voucher scheme. These voucher programs rob public schools of necessary funding and reallocate public dollars to a system that lacks accountability and transparency. Simply put, SAFE grants will […]

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