With the recent news of Lexington School District One’s disregard for ethics law still causing uproar among voters around the state, another flagrant transgression of state ethics law has been dragged into the light.
Since his election as Superintendent of Education in 2006, Jim Rex has sought to undermine school choice reform efforts by any means possible. Through grandstanding, manipulation, and outright deception, Rex has fought to squelch anything and anyone who would try to improve South Carolina’s worst in the nation schools through parental choice and educational competition.
Despite his rabid assaults on school choice, Rex has never been accused of illegal activity…until now.
Following the Lexington One debacle, The Voice for School Choice invited readers to submit their own examples of status quo educrats misusing their positions to fight real reform. The response was overwhelming.
Several intrepid readers submitted a propaganda- laden email sent to them by none other than Jim Rex. In the email, which was paid for by his campaign account, Rex advocates the defeat of a laundry-list of State House and State Senate candidates across South Carolina who support school choice and urges readers to vote against them in the June 10th primary. This independent expenditure from Rex’s campaign account violates our state’s ethics laws, which specifically prohibit such activity.
South Carolinians need to ask this question: Are Rex’s actions that of a career educator, or of a shrewd and practiced politician? Is he using his position as a Constitutional officer to advance the educational interests’ of South Carolina’s children, or to block legislative reforms designed to improve failing schools?
Rex has unnecessarily politicized the office of Superintendent. His meddling in Legislative races breaks the law and the public trust.
As a constitutional officer, Rex’s responsibility is facilitating academic progress, not using public office to interject himself into legislative races.