Is there is anyone out there who still believes the S.C. School Boards Association (SCSBA), S.C. Association of School Administrators (SCASA) and the S.C. Education Association (SCEA) maintain a cadre of lobbyists out of a burning desire to see children succeed?

If so, think again …

Education is a $9 billion-a-year business in South Carolina, and these special interest groups are all about carving out their piece of the pie. Just look through the S.C. Comptroller General’s spending transparency website if you want to get an idea of how much “education advocacy” actually costs taxpayers. We did.

Just for fun, we clicked through the check registry for Charleston County’s school district seeking all payments made out to the SCSBA in 2012. All told, the district paid out a jaw-dropping $6.7 million in education dollars to the SCSBA.

And that’s just one district – for one year.

When you consider there are eighty-five school districts across the state, you pretty quickly realize SCSBA is making some serious money. Amid all the caterwauling about schools not being equitably funded, the SCSBA has been wringing money out of them hand over fist – vacuuming up cash for things like “training” and “insurance” and other items which may or may not have been competitively bid.

It’s no wonder they have lobbyists constantly looking to increase school revenues …

And so while teachers and students continue to be underserved by our government-run education system, you can bet SCSBA executive director Paul Krohne will continue to pull in his $200,000+ annual salary as he keeps pretending to care about the best interest of our state’s classrooms.

You know, because all of this is “for the children.”

This isn’t advocacy, people, it’s shameless profiteering off a system that lets thousands of children slip through the cracks every year …

And yet these are the voices “Republican” South Carolina Senators like John Courson, Larry Martin and Wes Hayes cite as authorities on education issues.