Parents in the Upstate remain frustrated with their under-performing public schools. Here are snippets from recent letters to the editor (LTEs) about the need for more choices:
“Competition would help public schools”
“…As for school vouchers, shame on public school teachers for letting the public schools in South Carolina get to the level they are in this state. A little competition goes a long way in raising the standard of school districts.”
-Bernadette Wertley, Fort Mill, in the Rock Hill Herald
“Schools need more competition”
As a proud single parents of a daughter enrolled in an excellent public school, I have had enough of Mandy Norrell’s misinformation and campaign hate mail that i’ve seen on all sorts of topics including education…
…Sure you can go ahead and support the state-sponsored monopoly on education with the force of government behind it, but it does nothing to actually foster growth and innovation.
-Jennifer Schulz, Fort Mill, in the Rock Hill Herald
“How to fix our ailing schools”
..To contend that vouchers take money from the public educational system is not accurate. The State Department of Education receives $7,555 (as of 2004-05) per pupil, whether he is attending public school or not. If the student takes $2,000 out of the system (via a voucher), the state keeps the other $5,555 — and it has one less student to educate. Additionally, the parents of that pupil still pay the same amount of taxes as those who have students in the system.
Even so, educational administrators in our state have vehemently opposed vouchers. National education groups oppose the idea, as well. It appears they will not come to grips with the unassailable fact that South Carolina, no matter how much money is poured into the system, continues to lag behind in percentage of students graduating from high school. Progress has been made, but not enough. Is it that educators fear that competing with other educational sources will show that public education in South Carolina is less effective?
-William Trammell, in the Anderson Independent Mail