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IT’S ABOUT TIME …

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration refused to do its job … and now the feds are getting involved.

We’re referring of course to the Jasper County government-run school district – which is the worst-performing district in the entire Palmetto State, home to the nation’s worst government-run school system.

As FITS exclusively reported last September, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) – part of Haley’s cabinet – was provided with extensive evidence of fraud, waste and mismanagement in the troubled district. SLED received this information after Haley’s second Inspector General – James Martin – declined to launch an investigation of his own.

“While this office finds these allegations of fraud, waste and mismanagement to be extremely concerning and this matter begs to be further investigated, unfortunately, the scope and authority of the current Office of Inspector General does not permit it to investigate the various school districts within the state,” Martin wrote to S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais last June.

Ah, yes … that’s called a “punt.”

Now agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have stepped in, according to WTOC TV 11 (Savannah – CBS).

“Investigators are asking for the district to turn over all financial documents, including contracts, invoices, travel vouchers, credit card statements, transparency reports and minutes of all board meetings,” the station is reporting.

Good …

It’s about time this brood of vipers was exposed …

Jasper County’s government-run district – like many of its counterparts across the state – is as corrupt as it is incompetent. It deserves to be pilloried – and the children trapped in its failing schools deserve real market-based choices.

Accordingly, we hope the hammer falls hard and fast …