Superintendent”Drop Out Jim” Rex knows:
In South Carolina one-size-fits-all government schools, it pays to fail!
“State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex announced Friday that Amanda Burnette, principal of J.V. Martin Junior High School in Dillon, will head a new statewide initiative to turn around some of South Carolina’s most challenged schools.”
In other words, the principal of a notoriously ineffective public school is now in charge of the statewide effort to turn around all the South Carolina “Dropout Factories“.
Does Burnette’s professional track-record give any clue as to what parents can expect?
2008: At-Risk (formerly called “unsatisfactory,” formerly “failing“)
2007: At-Risk (formerly called “unsatisfactory,” formerly “failing“)
In other words, Amanda Burnette perpetuated the same failing policies at J. V. Martin that were crafted and implemented by former principal Danny R. Price in 2005 and 2006.
And failure is not just a blip on her resume, its a trend.
Before arriving at J. V. Martin, Burnette she steered John E Ewing Middle in Gaffney from “Average” (2004) down to “Below Average” (2005 & ’06) and took Blacksburg Elementary from “Good” (2001) down to “Average (2002, ’03, and & ’04)
State Superintendent of Schools “Drop Out Jim” Rex was quick to chime in with praise and accolades for his own decision to appoint Burnette as Failure Czar, noting that “Amanda Burnette is the ideal person to lead this effort. Her enthusiasm, creativity and vigor were integral to improving teaching and learning at J.V. Martin Junior High.”
Dropout Jim has a long track record of cherry picking the best and the brightest in his one-size-fits-all government schools to provide with faux awards, hollow honorifics, and high dollar titles. Among some of the recent highlights:
Piling awards on a Charleston public school principal accused of systemic test cheating
Issuing “red carpet awards” to schools where 2/3rd of students test below grade level in basic skills
Promoting lunchroom nutritional awards at schools federally identified as “persistently failing”
Sitting by idly as principals at nationally ranked “worst schools” were issued performance pay bonus in the midst of the economic downturn.
Dropout Jim will not, and can not, solve the problems of persistently failing schools by shuffling around state and local bureaucrats. Instead he ought to look toward the advice of Senator Robert Ford (D-Charleston) and listen to the pleas of parents who are calling for real reform. That means real School Choice.