“IMMEDIATE RELIEF” NEEDED FOR CHILDREN TRAPPED IN FAILING SCHOOLS
|| By FITSNEWS || A pair of pro-free market State Senators will be pushing the S.C. General Assembly on the issue of parental choice, looking to expand the state’s current program into a broader, more permanent instrument for reform.
State Senators Kevin Bryant and Tom Davis – both longtime supporters of expanded academic freedom – will be playing “lead roles” on the issue, parental choice advocates tell FITS.
In fact they’ve already penned an editorial to that effect … urging “immediate relief” for children trapped in failing government-run school districts.
We support their efforts wholeheartedly … and we’re not alone.
South Carolina is the only state in America to pass school choice as a part of its budget – not part of permanent law. That means the program must be reauthorized every year over the objection of the state’s bureaucratic lobby and liberal mainstream media establishment. Also the Palmetto State’s program is currently limited to children with special needs – and has an artificially low cap on enrollment.
None of that is acceptable … especially as state lawmakers continue to pump billions of dollars into a demonstrably failed government-run system.
South Carolina must expand choice now and inject some real, market-based accountability into the system … not ramp up funding to the same bureaucracies that have been holding our children back for decades.
In fact here’s Exhibit A in support of our argument: a S.C. Supreme Court ruling which conclusively determined that more money, more programs and more government has not improved academic achievement in this state by one iota.
Sadly, at this point neither S.C. governor Nikki Haley nor “Republican” leaders in the S.C. General Assembly have proposed anything other than … well, more government.
That has to change … now.