Want a good look at how government-run education “works” in South Carolina? Travel an hour outside of the state capital of Columbia, S.C. to the city of Sumter … where a rural district is staring down a rash of violence, teacher defections and a testing scandal that has prompted a criminal investigation.
The Sumter, S.C. school district is run by one Randolph Bynum, who left his post in Atlanta shortly before one of the nation’s most infamous cheating scandals broke wide open.
When he arrived in Sumter, Bynum promised local school board officials he had nothing to do with the cheating scandal that brought down his boss, Beverly Hall (who earlier this year was indicted by a Georgia grand jury along with thirty-four of her former colleagues).
But that hasn’t stopped testing scandals from following him to the Palmetto State …
According to the S.C. Department of Education – via reporter Braden Bunch of The (Sumter, S.C.) Item – “testing practices observed at Sumter High School earlier this year were some of the worst the state Department of Education has ever seen.”
Bunch adds that the department has asked the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to conduct a criminal investigation into the school’s administration.
Of course this is just the latest scandal to befall this underperforming school district.
“Police are called to Sumter High School daily because of fights,” one source told us. “It’s a war zone.”
Not only that, we’re told as many as a dozen (perhaps even three dozen) teachers at the district are contemplating leaving their jobs prior to the next school year.
“It’s a full-scale rebellion,” one source explained.
When he arrived from Atlanta, Bynum brought two of his former employees with him. Both of them make more than $100,000 a year and live in the Columbia, S.C. area. Both have housing, car and gasoline allowances, sources within the district tell FITS.
“Failed public education and bureaucrats lining their pockets with public education money,” one source told us.
In other words, par for the course in the Palmetto State …