Biz Leaders angry at Public Schools

Head in the Sand: parents aren’t always looking critically at their local public schools (and “Dropout Jim” Rex is thankful).

Business leaders are more realistic about South Carolina’s failing government schools than the parents whose children attend them.

That’s according to yet-another high dollar “survey” by South Carolina’s Educational Barney Fife (the EOC).

From The State Newspaper‘s “S.C. public schools get mixed reviews” story (6/14):

Two-thirds of S.C. business leaders say the state’s K-12 public school system is not providing students with key knowledge.

That contrasts with how parents and educators rate public schools. Nearly half of parents and 56 percent of educators say schools are getting the job done.

Based on the wide spread proliferation of “dropout factories” in South Carolina, as well as the fact that South Carolina’s so-called “best public schools” are underperforming their regional and national peers, this frustration is well justified.

Sadly, many parents seem to ignore reports on worsening college preparation, sinking SAT scores in wealthy white suburban school districts, and rampant fiscal waste that draws precious public resources away from the classroom.

Other parents have begun to clue in.

These are the parents who have gone to Columbia to demand real reform.

These are the parents who have challenged the failed polices of Jim Rex directly.

These are the parents who have called out politicians blocking reform.

These are the parents who have taken on powerful special interest using public money and position to fight reform.

These are the parents who demanded anti-reform newspapers and editors be held to their own words, and used opinion pages to voice their righteous discontent with the shortcomings of a one-size-fits-all government school monopoly.

These are the parents who are tired of public schools blaming parents for their systemic failures.

These are the parents who want School Choice -in the form of educational tax credits– to provide every child in South Carolina equal access to the classroom, teacher, and curriculum best suited to the children’s specific learning needs.

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