From a reader:
“…the email below was forwarded to me after being sent to every employee in Rock Hill (SC) School District 3. It was written by a board member and emailed by the district spokeswoman. I believe this may be a misuse of state resources not to mention factually incorrect.”
“Walter Brown, coordinator of advocacy efforts on the Board of Trustees, would like to share the following information with all employees:
“In an article published yesterday in The Herald (1/4) titled “Q&A With the Governor,” Mark Sanford outlines his agenda for his final two years in office. If you have not read it, you may want to locate it.
“As we all are aware the State Budget has been slashed several times since passing. We may not have seen the final cut! Sanford states in the article that he plans to press for reforms that include eliminating state income tax on businesses. He has given up on eliminating the state’s income tax on individuals.
“Sanford also will revive the debate for school-choice, better known as vouchers. He plans to push a plan to give parents tax credits if they send their children to private schools. He feels that some of the new members of the General Assembly give him hope of new support for his plans. His latest reasoning is that with the downturn in the economy, if 10 percent of the kids now in private schools go back to the public schools, it will end up costing the taxpayers. He says do the math!! It would appear that, on the other hand, if 1,000 students receive a $2,500 tax credit (voucher), this would be a $2,500,000 hit on the budget that is already in shambles from ACT 388. Where is the savings since the schools these students would attend must remain open with staff in place?
“It is not too early to begin contacting your representatives to let them know your stand on vouchers and other issues involving public education. Please do not let them go to Columbia and be able to say they did not hear from the voters in their districts.
Time and again, the Voice has explained:
school choice will help public schools;
school choice will save the state millions of dollars;
and school choice already exists for college and prekindergarten students.
Still, despite another year of low SAT scores, widening achievement gap, and an increasing high school dropout rate, the publicly funded educrats again insist on spending your tax dollars to mislead you and block much-needed reform.