Over the past decade, I have written almost two dozen posts about reforming our k-12 public school system. During that time, the General Assembly made some half-hearted attempts at reform. Back in 2011, a viable school choice bill made it to the House floor for debate before being tabled by a Republican whose motion carried by one vote. That was two years work down the drain. The charter school bills that we passed have created excellent school options for parents. The Read to Succeed program missed the mark. Other efforts have danced around the edges of problems a 150 years in the making.
Finally, we have a real attempt at reform. The Blueprint For Success In Education bill introduced by House Speaker Jay Lucas targets a broad spectrum of problems and offers room for input and fine-tuning.
Within hours after the bill was filed, we heard whispers of criticism from the status quo special interest groups whose lobbyists have been hanging around the Statehouse for as long as I can remember. Perceived as “education experts”, their criticisms are amplified by their friends who sit on school boards across the state and who occupy the upper-echelon administration offices at your local school district. They sit in the audience at every Education Committee meeting that is held. They want desperately to continue the status quo system and they do not like Speaker Lucas’ Blueprint.
The Blueprint shreds their promises of future “education excellence” by identifying foundational problems that have persisted for decades and exposes these Lilliputian-minded experts and their supporters for what they are: advocates for a failed educational process that has damaged generations of South Carolina k-12 students.
Since the bill’s introduction, the whispers have grown into absolute falsehoods that are buzzing around the Statehouse lobby like flies in one our non-air-conditioned classrooms. In response the SC House GOP Caucus released the Blueprint for Success in Education Fact Sheet. Check it out to read the truth about the starting point for reform
Below are links to a few of my past education posts: