ItemUnderstanding "poor" performance : Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT) scores and poverty(2001-07-25) Hawkins, H. Gregory; Jim Self Center on the FutureThis report briefly reviews the movement toward standardized testing systems and the relationship between student poverty and test performance, followed by a presentation of school-level performance on the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT) in South Carolina that accounts for the effects of poverty. It concludes with a set of policy implications and recommendations. ItemState transportation funding trends and comparative state assessment : executive summary(2002-12-31) Jim Self Center on the FutureThis report summarizes trends in state revenues used for highways from the FHWA annual publication Highway Statistics, and other sources. It also provides rankings of the states by the percentage of own-source state revenue in 2000 that came from individual revenue sources such as motor fuel taxes, motor vehicle registration and carrier fees, and state general funds. Detailed revenue and expenditure trends for South Carolina and all states combined are compiled for every five years between 1965 and 2000. These statistics are presented on the basis of total dollars, percentage share of total, dollars per capita, dollars per million vehicle miles traveled, and dollars per state-maintained road mile. Additional statistics are presented for the southeastern states for the year 2000. ItemRecycling industry cluster strategic plan 2010(2012-08-17) Jim Self Center on the FutureThe basis of the Recycling Industry Cluster Strategic Plan rests on stakeholder analysis of the issues and opportunities facing South Carolina’s recycling industry. By combining the input of the recycling industry stakeholders, the examination of industry trends, applicable law and individual case studies, along with proposed recommendations, the plan is intended to serve as a guide for how and what the cluster should most appropriately and effectively focus on in the future. ItemHigh school dropouts : report on Greenwood County and South Carolina(2005-07-11) Long, Harold L.; Jim Self Center on the FutureThis paper discusses the dropout problem in South Carolina and in particular Greenwood County. ItemPrinciples of a good revenue system(2010-06) Ulbrich, Holley H.; Jim Self Center on the FutureEvery state has a revenue system, which consists of the sources tapped to fund state and local public services. Ideally, public policy should be concerned with the design of the system as a whole, rather than focusing on one particular tax at a time. At the heart of the revenue system is the tax code, but states also rely on non-tax revenues to fund many important activities and programs. So fees and charges, licenses and permits, are part of the revenue system.