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REMINDER: the deadline for Level One applications for the 2022 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence is fast approaching – 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021. The award’s Level One application, suggestions, and application procedures are all available HERE.

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Read the latest Council News!  Volume 41, Issue 1, 2021

2022 Riley Award Level One Application Now Available Online 

It’s time to start preparing your SIC’s Level One application for the 2022 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. This award, named in honor of former SC Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley and his late wife Tunky, honors the significant contributions made to public education by the 1,100-plus SICs serving every K-12 public school in South Carolina.  

In this prestigious award process, tell us the story of your SIC’s work and the results achieved for your school last academic year.  Applicants scoring at least 85 of a possible 100 points on their Level One application will win a spot on the 2022 Riley Award Honor Roll.  Up to 20 Honor Roll SICs will be invited to participate in Level Two of the process, with five (5) finalists being named to move on to the Winners Level. The winner of the 2022 Riley Award will be announced in the spring 2022. 

The deadline for Level One applications is Friday, December 3, 2021, at 5:00 pm.  For more information on the Riley Award, including application materials, award process timeline, and other award information and guidelines, is available on this website, or you may contact SC-SIC Associate Director Karen Utter at

COVID-19 Relief Funding for South Carolina K-12 Education

This SC-SIC - CFEC webinar from Thursday, June 3, 2021 has information about the over $3 billion in one-time federal relief funding awarded to South Carolina to address the impacts of COVID-19 on K-12 education. The role that SICs and community organizations play in generating discussions and input from families to inform district and school spending decisions is critical.

As a part of the Coronavirus Relief Funds passed by the federal government, South Carolina Schools will receive $3,052,472,269 in ESSER funds at least 90% of which will flow through to school districts according to a need-based formula. These funds can be used to improve school buildings, provide needed programs, and help develop needed educational programming. You can be a part of shaping where those funds go. Visit the CFEC ESSER funds page to see how you can direct where over $3 billion will be spent in South Carolina.