Q: Who is using public money and positions to fight parents calling for school choice?
A: Seven registered lobbyists and dozens of full-time staffers!
Real School Choice is wildly popular.
Parents in South Carolina know that every child is unique and the one-size-fits-all public schools are leaving thousands of students behind.
In recent weeks hundreds of parents have been advocating Choice at the statehouse; imploring lawmakers to consider expanding school choice options to K-12 education. Many who come to Columbia are surprised to see that high dollar lobbyists and publicists, paid with public money, are already working in the hallways of the Statehouse to fight the Choice legislation.
Even more offensive, some of these taxpayer subsidized politicos are claiming to speak for the parents and children in South Carolina.
Among those fighting to deny low- and middle-income children more equal access to independent school classrooms are the SCEA, SCASA, and SCSBA.
Here is a brief run down of each:
South Carolina Education Association (SCEA)
The South Carolina affiliate of the far-left National Education Association (NEA) teacher union, the SCEA is infamous in the Palmetto State for using public money (in the form of teachers’ and bureaucrats’ dues) for direct cash “donations” to their favored politicians. Their pay-to-play style of politics also includes close relationships with high-dollar education contractors who profit from South Carolina’s stagnant and failing public schools. Continue reading