SC Court Sentences our Children to a Lifetime of Ignorance
The South Carolina Supreme Court has just issued a decision about the education reform case, also known as the Abbeville case, that is so bad it is hard to overstate its severity.
It is cruel, heartless and wrong and will sentence our children to a lifetime of ignorance unless we elect a governor committed to fixing it.
Here is what happened and why it is so bad:
In 1993, 40 of the state’s poorest school districts with the worst performing schools sued the state to get adequate funding to improve their schools. Because the first school district on the alphabetized list was Abbeville, it became known as the Abbeville Case. And, because the schools were all generally in one region of the state, they become known as the “Corridor of Shame” schools.
In 2014, after 21 years of legal wrangling, the SC Supreme Court ruled – by a 3-2 vote – that the schools were not ‘minimally adequate’. They told the legislature to fix the schools but did not specify how or a timetable.
Since 2014, the legislature has done practically nothing on the issue. They delayed action, knowing well that two of the Supreme Court Justices that voted for the schools were to retire soon, and so that they could appoint new justices likely to be favorable to continued inaction that would oppose the reforms.
That is exactly what happened.
In Tuesday’s decision, the SC Supreme Court essentially said ‘we don’t care if we sentence our children to ignorance in a failing school’s system.’
It’s the worst kind of evil… couched in law.
It doesn’t have to be this way – you can do something:
The other candidates for Governor are part of the same machine that let this happen. And so far, they’re characteristically quiet about this topic.
It’s if they are saying, “we don’t care about our children and their future.”
Well, I do and I know you do too… and that’s why I’m asking for your help in fighting for our children and their future.