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Molly Spearman Making Big Moves

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THIS IS A “REPUBLICAN” ADMINISTRATION?

By FITSNEWS  ||  Incoming “Republican” S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman hasn’t taken office yet – but she’s already making major staff moves at the Palmetto State’s Department of Education (SDE).

The only problem?  Her moves are unlikely to please the GOP base that inexplicably chose her as their nominee for this post back in June.

Spearman – the longtime director of the uber-liberal S.C. Association of School Administrators (SCASA) – won the GOP primary earlier this year over our strong objections.

We like Spearman on a personal level (very much so, actually), but we don’t believe someone who has spent her entire career protecting bureaucrats and fighting academic freedom is the best choice to turn around our worst-in-the-nation government-run education system.

“Spearman doesn’t represent students, teachers or parents – her group exists for the sole purpose of protecting overpaid, underachieving administrators,” we warned GOP voters.  “In fact teachers consistently get the short shrift from Spearman’s group, which entertains administrators on lavish summer holidays paid for with taxpayer funds.”

Anyway … Spearman’s initial staff moves reflect the status quo direction her administration is likely to take.

For example, she’s reportedly hired Betsy Carpentier – deputy superintendent to former Democratic Superintendent Jim Rex – as her chief of staff.

She’s also started cleaning house – booting numerous staffers and demoting those she cannot fire.

Among the casualties?  Nancy Busbee – the deputy superintendent for accountability under outgoing superintendent Mick Zais.  Busbee led Zais’ efforts against the federal government’s invasive Common Core standards – and her ouster would seem to indicate the new administration is going to be far more amenable to Washington, D.C. diktats.

Also getting the boot?  Cindy Van Buren – a Zais’ staffer who had the audacity to suggest student achievement ought to have some impact on the grades we assign to teachers.

Yeah … and you thought accountability in this state was bad now?

Technically, “Republicans” still maintain control of this office … but it’s abundantly clear there is going to be a major shift in policy once Spearman takes the reins.

That’s unfortunate.  Zais was no great reformer, but at least he wasn’t pushing the state in the wrong direction.  Spearman?  She’s about to double down on failure …

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Way to go, South Carolina “Republicans.”

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