By FITSNews || So much for South Carolina lawmakers working to “put more money into the classroom …”
Last Thursday – by a one-vote margin – the “GOP-controlled” S.C. House of Representatives rejected a proposal that would have prohibited school districts from routing taxpayer money to fund bureaucratic advocacy groups, which use the money to lobby lawmakers and pay for lavish beach retreats.
Currently, less than half of each dollar spent on public education in South Carolina reaches the classroom – which is one reason why the Palmetto State’s public schools continues to fall further behind the rest of the nation despite record funding increases.
Rep. Boyd Brown (D-Fairfield) recently introduced a budget amendment that would cut back on out-of-classroom expenses by eliminating taxpayer-funded lobbying and prohibiting the use of tax dollars for dues at any “organization which employs a lobbyist.” Dozens of Republicans joined Brown in supporting the amendment – although as always seems to be the case in Speaker Bobby Harrell’s House, just enough members of the “GOP” Caucus joined with Democrats to sink the reform.
Among the so-called “Republicans” who voted to continue using tax dollars to fund these bureaucratic lobbying efforts were Reps. Liston Barfield, Alan Clemmons, Mike Gambrell, Nelson Hardwick, Bill Herbkersman, Davey Hiott, Chip Huggins, Lanny Littlejohn, Steve Parker, Jay Lucas, Gene Pinson, Bill Sandifer, B.R. Skelton, Don Smith and Bill Whitmire.
Obviously, had even one of these fifteen lawmakers voted the other way, millions of dollars could have been routed away from these bureaucratic special interest groups and into South Carolina’s classrooms …
Vote On School Lobbying Amendment