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More Jim Rex Ethics Antics

Superintendent Jim Rex of South Carolina

The Voice has never been shy about calling out “Dropout Jim” Rex for using taxpayer funds to reward and retain his loyal political consultant, Zeke Stokes (or f0r personal politicking)

In fact, after posting the numbers on how much Rex was paying his former campaign manager, questions from several news sources had Rex scrambling to show just how invaluable his consultant was in educating children in South Carolina.

Now, South Carolinians can see more of Rex’s financial dealings with his trusted consultant.

On Rex’s most recent Ethics Commission filing, the following shows up as a “contribution” from Zeke Stokes-

Payment from Zeke

On the same filing, under “Expenditures,” Rex lists a payment to Zeke Stokes for $30.69 for “Printing 2010″-

Payment to Zeke

That’s funny, it’s the same amount! Continue reading

Jim Rex appoints public school Failure Czar

Successful Failure Jim Rex Amanda Burnette

Superintendent”Drop Out Jim” Rex knows:
In South Carolina one-size-fits-all government schools, it pays to fail!

Consider this story from the Gaffney Ledger (6/15), based on a Department of Education press release (6/11)

“State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex announced Friday that Amanda Burnette, principal of J.V. Martin Junior High School in Dillon, will head a new statewide initiative to turn around some of South Carolina’s most challenged schools.”

In other words, the principal of a notoriously ineffective public school is now in charge of the statewide effort to turn around all the South Carolina “Dropout Factories“.

Does Burnette’s professional track-record give any clue as to what parents can expect? Continue reading