Frustrated parents know that low test scores, growing race- and wealth gaps, a 55% graduate rate and a surge in the number of failing public schools are a long term trend in South Carolina public schools.
Despite all the bad news, the taxpayer financed spin masters who profit from public school failure insists that South Carolina public schools are accountable to parents through “high standards.”
The so-called “watchdog” of public school accountability and performance is the oddly named Education Oversight Committee (EOC). From late and vague school report cards to watered down standards and even deliberate dishonesty, the Public School Establishment in South Carolina is fiercely dedicated to spending public money on hiding its performance failures.
Now, as bureaucrats scramble to protect their salaries in the face of state budget cuts, there is talk of further erosion of the the already limited “oversight” Continue reading
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Just days after South Carolina State Superintendent Jim Rex announced his plan for a new statewide property tax, he also introduced befuddled lawmakers and frustrated taxpayers to his “Begin in ’10” program.
Despite two-years in public office, the plan is Rex’s first major attempt at a specific and comprehensive overhaul of a statewide public school system best known for its shameful 55% on-time high school graduation rate.
As the Post and Courier’s Yvonne Wenger reports:
The proposal, which Rex dubbed “Begin in ’10,” calls for immediate flexibility for school districts to juggle budget constraints by furloughing teachers and cutting back on assessment tests for certain students.
Rex also wants to expand 4-year-old kindergarten to all at-risk children, make taxation rates uniform statewide and require money to follow students while allocating additional dollars for children who live in poverty.
Awkwardly absent from Rex’s proposal was the use of school choice to save school districts money and improve public school student performance. Continue reading