New bill allows all students to participate in extracurricular activities.
In a ceremony on Monday afternoon, Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation that will allow students who are educated outside of the public school system to participate in extracurricular activities, provided they do not attend a private school. Instrumental to the bill’s passage was Phil Owens (R – Pickens) who chairs the Education and Public Works Committee. “S 149 puts the interest of the child first. Not the administrators, not the school board, not the teachers,” Owens said. “I’m very happy to have been able to shepherd this through on the House side.” The bill, (viewable here), goes into effect immediately, and it allows students who are home-schooled, attend charter schools or attend the Governor’s Schools in Greenville or Hartsville…
Owens says recent DMV findings support need for law.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
By Rep. Phil Owens For the past two years, the South Carolina House approved a measure requiring voters to show a picture identification at the polls. The bill finally became law last year. Wednesday, the director of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles testified that – after examining fewer than 10 percent of the state’s registered voters – that as many as 957 dead people are listed as having voted. This is an incredible finding that not only validates the need for the Voter ID law, but also adds more fuel to the argument that the Obama Administration was playing politics when it rejected the law last month. I’m thinking none of the dead people showed picture ID’s at the polls, and if a cursory check found 957 dead voters, I’d hate to …