Standing In The School House Door November 2, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
SPARTANBURG SUPERINTENDENT FORCING FAMILY TO PAY FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT’S MISTAKE
FITSNews – November 2, 2007 – It’s no secret that screwing up royally and passing the ever-escalating buck to parents and taxpayers is what public education in South Carolina is all about. In fact, rarely in the history of human endeavor has so much ever been invested to produce so little.
Of course, the notion of consumers “paying for the mistakes” of a bloated, monopolistic bureaucracy is seldom crystallized as clearly as it is in the case of Peyton and Presley Smith, twin sisters who attend Wellford Elementary School in Spartanburg, S.C.
According to reporter Bob Dalton‘s story in this morning’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the six-year-old twins are being removed from the public school they have attended all year today because Spartanburg School District Five screwed up its zoning lines last year. That is, of course, unless the girls’ parents cough up some cash:
“If you choose for them to finish the year at Wellford, you will be required to pay tuition of $1,700.00 per child for a total of $3,500.00,” District 5 Superintendent Scott Turner wrote in an Oct. 24 letter to Mark and Dabney Jackson, the parents of Peyton and Presley.
First of all, we may not be as good as some people when it comes to mathematics, but last time we checked $1,700 + $1,700 = $3,400, Mr. Superintendent. Second, and most importantly, what the hell gives you the right to so brazenly attempt to extort money from these parents? Especially when it was your people who screwed up?
Instead of admitting their mistake, apologizing to the Jackson family and allowing these two little girls to stay in school with their friends, District Five spokesman Barry “The Hammer” Reese is getting all Tony Soprano on the family.
“Because no arrangements have been made to pay the tuition, (today) is the last day the children can come to Wellford,” Reese told the Herald-Journal. “It’s possible that the district did make a mistake but the mistake was discovered, and we need to be consistent.”
Yeah, consistently asinine.
While this is obviously just one incident, Spartanburg Five’s zoning screw-up, inability to do simple math, extortion tactics and jackass attitude toward these parents is another compelling example of why school choice is desperately needed in South Carolina.
No parent should be forced to put up with this kind of garbage, and every parent should have the right to choose the educational setting that’s best for their child regardless of race, income or any other determining factor.
Our point? Remember this story the next time a blowhard supporter of our state’s worst-in-the-nation public school system tries to tell you that preserving their failed status quo is “all about the children.”
In this case, it’s about anything but.