A guest editorial by Mrs. Hollie Bennett, a parent, published in the Sun News (5/23):
Political issues are bought and sold in every level of government. There is no longer true representation of the people. The primary objective of every politician is re-election. Contributions to campaigns are mere purchases for favorable votes on issues of importance to the contributor and money for a politician’s re-election; a win-win situation for the contributor and the politician.
This became overwhelmingly evident to me at the hearing held in Columbia on the issue of real school choice. The 200-plus people who turned out for this hearing were overwhelmingly in support of real school choice, not this silliness of public school choice that Jim Rex is behind. (Does anyone really believe that a school district will convene a committee that will investigate school choice options that would in any way be meaningful? Please.) Continue reading
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“Their efforts are meant to starve our schools, destroy our communities and cripple our profession, and they must be stopped.”
-South Carolina Education Association on Senator Robert Ford
More and more families in South Carolina are becoming aware of just how much political influence is wielded by public education establishment “support” groups.
Organizations like SC Association of School Administrators, SC School Boards Association, Palmetto State Teachers Association, and SC Education Association employ a small army of lobbyists and political insiders to maintain power and money in the centralized education bureaucracy, and to do the bidding of powerful national unions in South Carolina.
The SC Education Association (SCEA)-as local minions for the far-left NEA- personify the politicization of education here in South Carolina. In addition to acting as an enthusiastic cheering section for the wide-scale failures of one of the nation’s most consistently underperforming public education systems, the SCEA stands ready to attack anyone who feels like children in South Carolina deserve something better. Continue reading