The South Carolina board of education has rescinded a rule requiring the elected state superintendent to provide a monthly report on multimillion-dollar grants available to schools. The vote last week ends the threat that the state board will sue Superintendent Mick Zais.
The rule approved in November would have required the Republican schools chief to report on any federal or private grant exceeding $10 million for which South Carolina schools are eligible and to justify his decision on whether to apply.
Mr. Zais argued that the board has no authority over him and that he reports to voters, not the board.
The disagreement stemmed from Mr. Zais’ refusal to seek federal Race to the Top grants.
A version of this article appeared in the January 18, 2012 edition of Education Week as S.C. Board Ends Lawsuit Threat Against State Superintendent