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“Monkey Necklace” Allegations Rock Rural SC School District

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PRINCIPALS SAY THEY WERE HUMILIATED FOR SPEAKING OUT ON BEHALF OF STUDENTS … 

“Great things are ahead for Marlboro County School District,” rural South Carolina superintendent Helena Tillar boasted recently on her district webpage.

Is that true?  We should hope so … especially seeing as taxpayers are shelling out $11,481 per pupil (minus bond revenue) each year in the district.

Unfortunately, numbers don’t lie.  Marlboro County has received an “F” on federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) report cards three years running … from 2012-14.  The district also bombed on the latest dumbed-down state report cards.

Everything’s still good, though, right? 

According to Tillar, yes …

“Through the collaborative efforts of both our internal and external stakeholders, the School District of Marlboro County remains committed to academic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and motivating all children to succeed with dignity,” she wrote in response to the latest batch of bad news.

Dignity, huh?

About that …

According to multiple sources in the district, Tillar recently held a staff meeting during which principals were ordered by the superintendent “to wear a ‘Monkey Necklace.'”

Wait … what?

That’s right … a monkey necklace.

What did they do to deserve this alleged humiliation?  According to one source present at the meeting, these principals were being punished “for answering questions honestly when asked by school board members.”

Calls to the district seeking comment were not immediately returned …

(Pic via Marlboro County Schools)

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