Sadly, the majority of money spent on public schools in South Carolina is not going to students in the classroom. Recently The Voice for School Choice explained how only 44 cents on the dollar goes to the teachers and students in the form of instructional spending. In a state that allocates over $7 billion a year in the name of “education,” we think it’s fair to know where the rest of that money is being spent.
While perusing the SC Comptroller General’s ” Spending Transparency” website, we came across a perfect example of what is wrong with education spending in the Palmetto State.
Last November, State Department of Education staff members racked up nearly $2,000 in bills at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, the self-described “finest” hotel in the city. This and other lavish hotel stays totaled nearly $17,000 of receipts for in-state lodging in November alone.
It’s good to know that amid the pressures of steering the nation’s lowest performing public school system further off course, state bureaucrats have found a way to leech a relaxing stay at Myrtle Beach off the public purse. No need to skim on anything less than four-stars if the taxpayers are picking up the tab. Maybe the “breathtaking views of the wide, sandy beaches and Kingston Plantation” will just wash away South Carolina’s forty-seven percent graduation rate!