Who do you support for Superintendent of Education in South Carolina in 2010?

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Mart

Tavares, FL

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Oct 12, 2010
 

Voted For Frank S. Holleman III

A strong proponent of PUBLIC education for all children in SC. He will focus on the needs of the children for his business model.

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Oct 12, 2010
 
S.C. Superintendent of Education Jim Rex and his army of educrats have been bemoaning so-called “budget cuts” for years, but raw fiscal data released this week by the S.C. Budget and Control Board shows that South Carolina’s public schools are (once again) getting more money than ever before.

In fact, according to a report released by the Board’s Office of Research and Statistics, public schools received a total of $8.8 billion dollars in 2009 – a $400 million increase in funding from the previous year. That works out to a record $12,268 per pupil – and that figure doesn’t even include funding obtained through bond referendums or cash stored away in reserve accounts.

All told, S.C. taxpayers spent 4.7 percent more on public education in 2009 than they did in 2008. Last year’s increase – which also took place during one of the worst economic years on record – was 4.5 percent.

To view the data for yourself click here.

As was the case a year ago, increases in non-classroom expenditures are once again eating up the vast majority of the new money. In fact, the percentage of total education funding devoted to the classroom slipped from 44.3 to 43.8 percent – even as classrooms received $105 million in new money.

Now … what have Palmetto taxpayers received for this massive investment (most of which went to fund new layers of bureaucracy)?

Well, South Carolina’s public education system has continued to produce nothing but incremental gains among white students while relegating another generation of black students to second-class status – even as black “leaders” continue embracing the failed status quo.

South Carolina’s overall graduation rate remains among the worst in the nation – which is consistent with our state’s declining SAT and stagnating ACT scores. Also, South Carolina’s rural graduation rate ranks dead last in the country. Meanwhile, our overall graduation rate has improved by a meager 1.5 percent over the last decade – one of the worst percentage improvements in the entire country.

In an effort to hide these miserable outcomes from parents, Rex and his fellow educrats (along with House Speaker Bobby Harrell and “Republican” lobbyist J. Warren Tompkins) have been working hard to dumb down the state’s costly and inefficient academic assessments. Also, South Carolina remains the only state in America that does not release graduation rates for minority students – yet another effort to conceal the generational failure of our current system.

Worse still? Neither GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley nor Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen are committed to the reforms necessary to turn things around. In fact, both have released education “reform” plans that largely tinker around the edges of these chronic problems (for more on those proposals, click here and here).

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Oct 12, 2010
 

Voted For Mick Zais

Them dems are great at talking about the failed policies of the past 8 years...well the Dems have had at 12 years at superintendent of education....lets see them practice what they preach. Zais 2010
john

Bethune, SC

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Oct 17, 2010
 

Voted For Tim Moultrie

Mr. Moultrie has an actual plan and his ideas actually make sense.
Marvin Pyles

Carthage, NC

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Oct 20, 2010
 

Voted For Tim Moultrie

Has the experience is not a current politician and is a straight talker. He can change it he will tell you he can and he will take action to do what he says. If he tells you he can't change it, he will try but he doesn't make promises.
alexboykin

Columbia, SC

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Oct 25, 2010
 
Would you please give me more information on the Superintendant of Education in South Carolina Doretha A.Bull///Where's she's from, her background,what she believes we as citizens should do about Our Presious children///I'M GIVING MY HARD EARNED MONEY TO SUPPLY// TEACHERS,FOR NOTE-PAPER,PINS,PENCILS,COLORI NG PAPER//AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON//////CHURCHES ARE NOW GETTING INTO THIS MESS// IT'S IS ABSOLUTLY ABSURED///GET WITH THE PROMISES AND STICK WITH THEM///WE DO NOT NEED OUR CHURCHES TO HELP SUPPLY OUR CHILDREN THEIR NEEDS, WHEN THE STATE IS CUTTING BACK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE FUTURE(OUR CHILDREN)Best Regards,LINDA KAYE W. BOYKIN//////A VERY CONCERNED GRAND-MOTHER//////////

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Nov 1, 2010
 
Looking for an easy $260,000 to eliminate from the upcoming S.C. budget? Palmetto state leaders should be … although given the fact that they just passed the largest budget in state history in the middle of a recession, odds are they’re going to look for ways to continue wasting, not saving your money when they return to Columbia next year.
Surprise, surprise … right?
These fiscal liberals campaign as conservatives, then turn around and spend money like drunken sailors.
Anyway, the $260,000 we’re referring to currently funds a taxpayer-funded indoctrination program called the “S.C. School Improvement Council.” Not only does this “council” get a $100,000 line item in the University of South Carolina’s budget each year, it also gets money from the Education Improvement Act, from grants and contributions and various “other” sources.
What does it do?
Well, according to its mission statement, the organization exists “to promote and support civic engagement for quality public education in South Carolina. In reality, though, the group establishes local “improvement councils” that enthusiastically support decisions made by South Carolina’s eighty-five local school districts – providing a ready-made rubber stamp for bureaucratic waste and inefficiency as well as a built-in pro-district propaganda outfit.
What does it not do?
Improve our schools.
Despite another round of record funding increases, South Carolina’s overall graduation rate remains among the worst in the nation – which is consistent with our state’s declining SAT and stagnating ACT scores. Also, South Carolina’s rural graduation rate currently ranks dead last in the country. Meanwhile, our overall graduation rate has improved by a meager 1.5 percent over the last decade – one of the worst percentage improvements in the entire country.
Also, at this very moment there are 109,000 South Carolina school children trapped in persistently failing schools.
To read more on this ridiculousness, check out this post from our friends at The Voice http://www.voiceforschoolchoice.com/2010/10/2...

Oh … and once this totally unnecessary program has been eliminated, let’s follow the suggestion of S.C. Senator Tom Davis and actually give this money back to the taxpayers instead of spending it on something else.
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