Lexington District One officials resort to old style boss politics.
Teacher and Administrator unions in South Carolina have a sad history of throwing themselves into partisan politics and working to block attempts at reforming South Carolina’s last in the nation public schools. For years, they have used tax dollars to make political donations and hire lobbyists to fight reform. Usually, they take public dollars through dues or fees and funnel the money into politicized labor groups like SCASA and the SCEA.
But Thursday, the desperate apologists for public school failure did not even bother to launder the tax money through unions or political action committees. Instead, they made direct use of public school facilities and district email lists to explicitly lobby for their chosen candidates.
Mary Beth Hill, Chief Communications Officer for Lexington School District One, sent an email to all the public school teachers and employees in that district. Hill implored the employees to vote against any candidate advocating for school choice and noted that with their 3,000 plus votes, the school employees would heavily influence the election results.
This type of political advocacy by public school administrators is clearly illegal. It speaks of wanton corruption and political cronyism. Bringing politics into the classroom threatens the very foundation of non-partisan public education. Superintendent Karen Woodward needs to publicly renounce these email and punish those public employees who illegally sent them – unless, of course, she was the one who actually authorized it in the first place. In which case, she should resign. This blatant disregard of the taxpayers and the public trust given her is more than grounds.
In the popular movie “V” the main character repeats the adage that “Governments should be afraid of the people, not the people of their governments.” Its time “government” in the persons of Karen Woodward and Mary Beth Hill became afraid of the justified public outcry over their disgusting display and arrogant misuse of the authority the citizens have given them.