The fifth annual education gala for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was held Thursday evening in Greenville. The Gaffney Ledger reports that $1.1 million was raised for the state’s historically black colleges.
The keynote speaker who lent his name and credibility to this important cause: Democrat Jim Rex.
According to the Greenville News, Jim Rex, the state’s superintendent of education, told those assembled that education plays a critical role in a youngster’s life:
“When a child doesn’t succeed, a whole universe disappears,” he said. “What I see missing in our state is a sense of urgency.”
But Rex has made it clear – he does not support Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs), which provide support to students attending private and independent K-12 schools. Instead, he pushes for racially-segregated public “transfer” schools, and lower standards for accountability reporting.
If Rex is serious about addressing the educational hurdles faced by African American students he ought to support School Choice in grades K-12. What good are college scholarships when less than fifty percent of his public school students graduate on time? If scholarships work to promote access and performance in post-secondary schools, why not primary and secondary schools too?
Email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (803-734-3389) or call (803-734-8500) Jim today, and ask him why he won’t support state tax credits for scholarship granting organizations!