If it works, why aren’t we doing it?

“Academic and personal growth are enhanced in environments best suited to each student’s individual needs…”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

If you’ve ever questioned the practicality and effectiveness of using educational tax credits here in South Carolina, give this article from The Evening Bulletin a gander. Since its implementation in 2001,  Educational Improvement Tax Credit program has provided academic options to many thousands of families in Pennsylvania, and saved tax dollars in the process.

School choice works, and it will work right here in South Carolina as soon as parents can pry free of the educational chokehold that politicians and status quo educators are working overtime to maintain.

Will school choice eradicate poverty, domestic violence, and gum disease?

No, but it will give many parents the ability to send their child somewhere providing the excellent academics so lacking in South Carolina’s failing public schools.

 We say that’s a good start.  



5 responses to “If it works, why aren’t we doing it?

  1. This idea makes a lot of sense. South Carolina seems to give tax credits for all kinds of things, so why can’t we do this? Is anyone at the State House listening?

  2. That’s a great article! What’s the argument against this type of program in South Carolina? It doesn’t take any money from the “education” budget yet helps low-income children get out of schools they don’t like or don’t work. What’s the problem?

  3. Public schools continually claim the joys of the “one-size fits all” mentality. Then administrators, legislators, even parents and educators, expect that the same lessons should get through to every child, so every child should be able to be successful. In the past 40 years, that hasn’t been the case. The downward spiral has been escalating, and as so many recent statements have shown, the blame game puts it all back on the students who need and deserve intervention. Blame the failure on ELLs, on special needs students, on minorities, on the free-lunch students. They’re the ones that pulled the schools down. This has not only becomes an old excuse, but a despicable one. Blame it on the students who are being left behind? When schools, such as charters, stop and make the serious effort to bring each student to his/her potential, the one-size mentality consistently fails.

  4. Edspresso,
    No one is blaming the poor minority kids for failing schools. If anyone is using the poor of the state it is the ‘ parental choice’ crowd pretending like they care so they can get a tax break for middle class families.In all this talk about giving out state money to private schools, and empowering parents, no one seems to want to deal with why we have so many families living in poverty in the first place. How is school choice going to change the way so many underprivileged people are accustomed to living and thinking? It’s a lot easier to hand out a voucher than to fix the persistent root problem of poverty. I’m all about quality education for everyone, but I just don’t see vouchers as being the ticket. Come out to Dillon County and show me how ‘school choice’ is going to turn everything around. It won’t happen, our schools need more funding and support.

  5. “Dillon Dad,”

    Reading the post should have cleared up your question/rant. If the tax credit program has worked for 30,000 low income kids in Pennsylvania, it’s reasonable to assume that it could have the same outcome in Dillon ( where there are considerably fewer students). Upper class students aren’t the ones getting these scholarships, it’s poor kids who otherwise would get relegated to schools that don’t deserve the name. You say school choice won’t do anything to fight poverty, and I strongly disagree. When has quality education not resulted in productivity? I think school choice would do a lot to change patterns of poverty in South Carolina. Give children a better education, and they are more likely to graduate, find decent jobs, and pull up their communities. We’ve tried the ‘more funding’ route, and it’s landed us dead last in graduation rates.

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