SC Panel Hears From Choice Expert
On the same day South Carolina’s government-run schools received more dismal results on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – particularly among its black students – a parental choice expert testified on the need to expand academic freedom in the Palmetto State.
Matthew Ladner – senior policy and research advisor for Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education – addressed a S.C. Senate panel chaired by longtime choice opponent Wes Hayes (RINO-York).
Specifically, Ladner refuted the fiction touted by the state’s government-run monopoly that choice programs – like Florida’s McKay scholarships for special needs children – are somehow harmful to government-run schools.
“We can say with absolute certainty the McKay scholarship program didn’t hurt the public school system,” Ladner told the panel.
South Carolina recently adopted a limited special needs scholarship – for one year. However liberal lawmakers and educrats are already looking to dismantle it – even though Ladner pointed out the Palmetto State program has “one of the most comprehensive testing and oversight regimes of any state.”
FITS wrote recently on one of the innovative special needs schools in South Carolina serving special needs students – whose families would have expanded options under a broad-based special needs program.
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