“Schools protecting turf”
A letter to the Sun News editor by Robert G. Holland Sr. of Myrtle Beach.
Ever wonder why local school boards elected by the people pay dues to belong to their own statewide association?
The letter by Paul Krohne, executive director of the S.C. School Boards Association, shows why (“Truth comes out: Vouchers don’t help poor,” May 12). The objective is to insulate local boards from credible challenge and preserve the status quo in public education.
Krohne sneers about advocates of school choice failing during the recent hearings in Columbia to invoke the largely discredited argument that competition will improve public schooling in South Carolina. Huh? The truth is that when competition has been introduced elsewhere into K-12 education, it has raised student achievement and parental satisfaction.
Mainly Krohne turned the possibility of tax credits helping some private schools stay in business into a smear against all potential beneficiaries. Of course, the demise of a private sector would increase costs and class sizes in the public schools, but evidently that would be hunky-dory with those who believe the government schools have exclusive claim on parents’ pocketbooks and their children.
Public money? Children’s futures? It’s all just a game to government school monopolists!
School Choice is a simple concept.
Every child is unique. Each has their own learning strengthens and challenges. One-size-fits-all schools don’t work for all students.
Expanding access to a wide range of classrooms ensures children attend schools that suit them. It also rewards and encourages involved parenting, the real key to student achievement.
Public policies of school choice are wildly popular among parents. They also save public schools money.
Still, bureaucrats, unions, consultants, politicians and others who benefit from the sustained under-performance of South Carolina’s public school system are fanatically committed to fighting against choices for parents.
Parents who rally behind School Choice often wonder why their tax dollars are being spent to fight such a no-nonsense reform.
Two recent newspaper articles (one in Post and Courier, the other in the State) shed light on the “logic” of those who defend the status quo. Continue reading
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This following clip is from a 2006 meeting of the SC House Ways and Means Committee.
Despite claims by the SC School Boards Association that school choice would take money from public schools, Representative Lewis Vaughn (ret.) points out that choice would actually increase per-student funding.
Two years later, SCSBA is still committed to fighting school choice.
Money for registering your employees to vote? Great idea if you can tell them who to vote for!
It is very easy for pundits to be critical of the public school establishment in South Carolina.
Public schools in the Palmetto State are home to some of the lowest test scores and the highest drop out rates in the entire country. South Carolina is also known for an award-winning principal caught cheating on standardized testing. Don’t forget the nation’s fastest growing race- and wealth-correlated student achievement gaps.
But no one will argue public school bureaucrats are politically ineffective. Continue reading