EDUCATION REFORM ISSUE NOW SQUARELY IN THE LAP OF STATE LEGISLATURE
|| By FITSNEWS || Just in time for school choice week, the S.C. Supreme Court has rejected the government’s attempt to revisit a controversial November 2014 ruling involving South Carolina’s worst-in-the-nation government-run school system.
The ruling – which has serious constitutional ramifications – represented an unambiguous rebuke not only of the Palmetto State’s “public” education system, but also of efforts to reform it via additional funding.
“Spending fails to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a minimally adequate education,” the court wrote in its ruling. “Rather, the evidence demonstrates that there is a clear disconnect between spending and results.”
Um … duh. We’ve been saying that for years.
Anyway … the state tried to petition for a rehearing of the case, but the justices shot down the request.
“After careful consideration of the petitions for rehearing, we are unable to discover that any material fact or principle of law has been either overlooked or disregarded, and hence, there is no basis for granting a rehearing,” a statement from the court read. “Accordingly, petitions for rehearing are denied.”
Good … we agree there are constitutional questions related to the court’s ruling, but there can be no questioning its conclusion: That an ever-escalating taxpayer investment has failed to improve the state’s government-run school system.
New S.C. Speaker of the House Jay Lucas seems to get that …
“Today’s Supreme Count announcement further confirms the dire need for comprehensive education reform,” Lucas said. “In light of the Court’s decision to deny a rehearing, I am hopeful that the House Education Task Force will immediately begin its work to develop a robust strategy that ensures every child is given access to the best possible education in every part of our state.”
Lucas doesn’t have to look too far for “robust” ideas.
Let’s hope lawmakers in both chambers move quickly to expand choice …