Superintendents Should Forgo SCASA Junket

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On several occasions The Voice has publicized the heavy expenses incurred by school district superintendents who attend the annual taxpayer-subsidized South Carolina School Boards Association junket in Myrtle Beach.

Already, SCASA has begun encouraging members to register for the 2009 Summer Leadership Conference.

In theory, “SCASA Summer Conferences” may be a wonderful opportunity for district employees to gather and share best practices, but in reality it is a weekend of wining and dining in luxury accommodations, with the taxpayers back home picking up the bill.

At the best of economic times, taxpayers should question whether this is a legitimate use of state education resources, but in the current economic climate there is absolutely no justification for superintendents to participate in this costly, non-essential activity.

If SCASA were truly concerned with supporting classroom instruction, they would urge superintendents to limit spending on travel and accommodations by coming up with a less costly means to aid district administrators in their work.

With several recent examples of egregious waste and unwise spending fresh in the minds of taxpayers, this is an opportunity for administrators to take a stand for streamlined spending and a focus on classroom instruction. Teachers and parents should contact their local superintendent and encourage them to show their commitment to integrity and fiscal responsibility by forgoing the SCASA summer conference.

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7 responses to “Superintendents Should Forgo SCASA Junket

  1. I tried to submit a comment without my name and email. I hesitate to post a comment because I do not want to get harassing email from your organization or requests for support.
    You are so off base. Taxpayers have a voice in the members of the local school boards. When school boards pass budgets, they can dispute and table any budget item.
    As a taxpayer and a school administrator, I can tell you I have spent much more of my own income than the district has ever budgeted for conferences and supplies. You will not find a harder working group of people than educators. If there is a teacher, principal or superintendent abusing the system, that is the school boards fault for not holding them accountable. In the age of accountability it is quite easy to make sure conference expenses and time is used wisely.
    Also, educators put in many more hours for lower pay, minimal benefits, lack of recognition and poor public support than the average professional.
    I am so tired of the public slamming education. When was the last time you blamed your dentist for getting cavities. He is the professional, isn’t he? Shouldn’t he be able to fix that? What about lawyers-shouldn’t they be able to win every case? They are trained at their jobs, they know the law, and they know the system-aren’t they? As ridiculous as these statements sound, that is how ridiculous it is for you to write something about which you know little.
    School districts have done exactly what you propose with travel and accommodations. If you open any newspaper you will see that districts have cut back on everything but instruction.
    In spite of your ignorant supporters, educators will continue to serve the children in our schools and do it because it is right not because of any blog.
    The Voice for School Choice should be ashamed of themselves for taking this type of stance against public schools instead of getting in there and helping. Pointing the finger and hiding behind some catchy name is easy to do. Working in the trenches every day is where it counts and requires character. I challenge you to spend some time in the shoes of a teacher, principal or superintendent before you make judgments and accusations.

  2. Dear “Lisa,”
    I am a former public -now private- classroom teacher in the Midlands. Still have extended family working in public districts here.
    If you are talking about the administration and the politicians as (your words) “educators” then you are clearly 1. not coming from the point of the view of an active teacher, or 2. someone who drank the KoolAid.
    I too have spent long tired hours and hundreds of dollars of personal money on basic supplies, which is exactly why the monopoly of the high dollar high bureaucracy system needs to be challenged through school choice.
    By the way – i have no qualms about making ALOT less money now that I am at an independent school!

  3. As a mother, of 2 sons I have been involved with my sons and the teachers they had. One of the many problems is the teachers union. I ve volunteered many hours, so my dear Lisa i have seen what goes on in our public schools. There is a lot of political correction and teaching them how to accept different family lives. Teach them the basics not how to change our way of believing in our moral teaching when we were tought in schools that concentrated on what you the teacher thinks or beleives. And excuse me but you get the best benefits than any private sector. 3 months off and not to mention the holidays. Half the teachers cant teach anyway. So i pulled my sons out of public schools and home taught them for 3 years until i found a private school. They are doing well, Not thanks to you and your public morons that cant teach anyway. Public Schools here in S.C. SUCK.

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