The academic prowess of Spartanburg County’s public schools has been lauded of late by local “Republican” lawmakers as a way of justifying their ongoing special interest-driven betrayal of parents.
According to these legislators, Spartanburg doesn’t need parental choice because it’s schools are among South Carolina’s finest.
The only problem? That’s not saying much. Also, Spartanburg’s public schools simply aren’t measuring up when compared to the best public schools in neighboring Georgia or North Carolina – at least not when it comes to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
“Public schools districts in Spartanburg earned average scores far below the best public districts in neighboring North Carolina and Georgia,” a recent analysis from our friends at The Voice reveals. “They also trail the best district in South Carolina as well as the United States average score.”
Take a look …
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Pic: The Voice
Translation? While Spartanburg may not be the “Corridor of Shame,” the local political and bureaucratic elite’s definition of progress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be … which isn’t surprising in a state that’s known for moving the goalposts in an effort to fake academic progress.
As we’ve noted in the past, Spartanburg’s “Republican” elected officials remain under the thumb of a corrupt cadre of taxpayer-funded educrats who spend more time lobbying against parental choice than they do educating children.
Of course it’s not just school choice that’s getting beaten back by Spartanburg’s vast, left-wing (and publicly-funded) conspiracy. Each year, these politicians shoot down school district consolidation and other funding reforms that would get more dollars to the classroom.
State Reps. Rita Allison, Doug Brannon, Derham Cole, Mike Forrester, Steve Parker and Eddie Tallon had a chance earlier this year to stand up and be counted on behalf of children and parents across this state – but instead they chose to continue serving their local educrat masters.
Let’s hope parents in Spartanburg remember that when it comes time to vote in next summer’s GOP primary elections …
Also, let’s hope that S.C. lawmakers will make a ban on taxpayer-funded lobbying one of the items on their 2012 agenda.