“We aim to break poverty cycles and to level the playing field for all economic classes. Thus, increasing graduation rates, increasing the number of students pursuing higher education and entering into the workforce.” — BMC students

 
POLITICAL OPPORTUNITIES: See below the state representatives with whom BMC students are in contact and the current bills in the state house for which BMC students intend to lobby.
 
Target Representatives:
 
Eric Beddingfield (R)-Majority Whip of Representative Party in South Carolina House of Representatives. On Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee.
Service In Public Office: Greenville County Council, Distrist 28, 2002 –
SC State House of Representatives 2007 – Present

 
Mark Willis (R) -House of Representatives. On Education and Public Works AND Interstate Cooperations Committees.
Service in Public Office: SC State House of Representatives, 2009 – Present

 
Trey Gowdy (R)-Represents Greenville County (SC district 4) in the national Congress House of Representatives
Serves on House Committee for Education and the Workforce
We are in touch with his Legislative Assistant and Scheduler (who is on her honeymoon) for our meeting May 1st. Eric Bedingfield put us in touch.

Brashier - Trey Gowdy

 

Current Bills in State House:
H 3016 Session 120 (2013-2014)
A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 75 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO ESTABLISH COOPERATIVE DUAL CREDIT HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS WHICH WILL ENABLE STUDENTS TO CONCURRENTLY OBTAIN AHIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND BEGIN OR COMPLETE AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM, MASTER A CERTIFICATE OR VOCATIONAL PROGRAM, OR EARN UP TO TWO YEARS OF COLLEGE CREDIT WITHIN FOUR YEARS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH THESE PROGRAMS SHALL BE FUNDED, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR PILOT TESTING FOR A THREE YEAR PERIOD PRIOR TO THEIR CONVERSION STATEWIDE AS DETERMINED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
 
S 556 Session 120 (2013-2014)
A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT “THE PARENT EMPOWERMENT ACT” BY ADDING CHAPTER 42 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE PARENTS OF CHILDREN ATTENDING A SCHOOL RATED BELOW AVERAGE OR LOCATED IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT RATED AT-RISK UNDER THE EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY ACT MAY CONVERT THE SCHOOL INTO A CHARTER SCHOOL OR TRANSFORM THE SCHOOL UNDER A TURNAROUND MODEL, RESTART MODEL, OR TRANSFORMATION MODEL; TO PROVIDE A CITATION, AND TO PROVIDE RELATED DEFINITIONS, PROCEDURES, AND POLICIES.
 
**key for our purposes of increasing rigor in secondary schools by offering opportunities for students to enroll in advanced coursework, dual enrollment programs, or thematic learning academies that prepare students for college and careers, including by providing appropriate supports designed to ensure that low achieving students can take advantage of these programs and coursework;
 

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The Brashier Middle College students outline their Middle College experience in the following presentation.