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206, 2015

School Board Association Makes Case for Choice

By |June 2nd, 2015|Education, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on School Board Association Makes Case for Choice

Often, the best thing you can do to those who oppose you, is to just get out of their way and let them make your case for you.

When the South Carolina School Board Association (SCSBA), who claims to serve “as a statewide voice for boards governing the 81 public school districts” clearly lies:
… add $4 million to the statewide tuition tax credit/voucher program…
There is no voucher program and they know it.  Either that, or you have to make the assumption they are too stupid to understand the difference between tax credits and vouchers.  Tax credits are when a person gets to keep their own money.  Vouchers are handed out as something redeemable by the government.  Can you actually imagine that people associated with public education don’t know the difference? Of course they do… their hope is that YOU don’t.

When the SCSBA, who claims to serve “as a statewide voice for boards governing the 81 public school districts” views the money you earn when you work as belonging to the state:
SCSBA opposes state or federally-mandated efforts to directly or indirectly subsidize elementary or secondary private, religious or home schools with public funds.
Again, we are talking about tax credits.  Only socialist/communist view the money you work and earn as belonging to the government first. Also, there is nothing “mandated” here.  It is clearly the exact opposite and if the SCSBA could be remotely honest, what they should state is that they “oppose anything that takes away from government mandated education.”

Okay… we have the occasional typos around here. It happens… but we don’t claim to be the voice of government education, so when the SCSBA, who does claim to serve “as a statewide voice for boards governing the […]

2205, 2015

Open Your Wallet and Shut Up

By |May 22nd, 2015|County, Education, Politics, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Open Your Wallet and Shut Up

Anderson District 5 School Board Chairman Rick Bradshaw and others begged for their tax increase and expected you to listen to them when they wanted more money, but when Bradshaw and others wanted to implement a plan which effected virtually every parent, teacher and student in Anderson County, Bradshaw basically said to sit down and shut up.

Bradshaw’s reasoning is still far from clear, but due to all the protests on social media and talk radio which Bradshaw couldn’t stop, we are told the plan to consolidate schools has been shelved for now.

Where State Senator Kevin Bryant has been fighting this issue, his newly announced opponent (Carol Burdett of United Way) has been pushing for consolidation. Could that be due the fact that Bradshaw is helping to fund Burdett’s campaign?

Excerpt from Senator Bryant’s blog:
I introduced a local bill (S. 799) that calls for a 2/3 vote by the Anderson County Board of Education before any school merges or closings. After last week’s ruckus in School District 5, there must be another check and balance when Anderson County School Boards take action, especially without your input.

The Chairman of the District 5 board tried to ram his through plan to merge T.L. Hanna and Westside high schools without public input. On Thursday, May 14 over 200 parents took time out of their busy schedules to attend the School Board meeting. Most, if not all, were opposed to the plan, a plan they obviously had not heard when the same Chairman was begging for a tax increase. The Chairman opened the meeting with the condescending statement, “we are not hearing public comment.” So, he wants your money, but not your opinion.
Read the full article at KevinBryant.com

1505, 2015

A Spot in the Pits of Hell

By |May 15th, 2015|County, Education, Politics, South Carolina, State|2 Comments

Anger is raging in Anderson County over a proposed merger of schools and District 5 Board Chairman Rick Bradshaw just made a maneuver likened to dumping gasoline on fire. There was just one reason most of these concerned parents, teachers, students, and alumni turned out to create an overflow crowd at last night’s meeting; to get answers on the consolidation into a singular high school for all of Anderson County. It was Board Chairman Rick Bradshaw that shut them down, telling the crowd, “there will be no input at tonight’s meeting.”

Ignoring the interest of the concerned citizens has sparked even further outrage in Anderson County, with people taking to social media in droves to voice the concerns Bradshaw refused to hear. As emotions have begun to spiral, one parent went so far as to post that the District 5 Superintendent Tom Wilson “deserves a spot in the pits of hell.” There is no doubt that statements like that are truly unnecessary, but it does illustrate the level to which frustrations can quickly rise when officials like Bradshaw shut the people down.

I have personally argued for years that there are appropriate times to consolidate some schools or at least some school systems or services. For example, the neighborhood I live in is split between two school districts. The neighborhood has one way in and one way out and all buses from both districts for all level schools have to go in and out of the one neighborhood each school day. Common sense “should” dictate moving some district lines to consolidate transportation. Make sense?

Then we’ve had cases like Union County where they consolidated an entire county to a single high school and it has been nothing short […]

1203, 2015

School Rejects Censorship as a Matter of Principal

By |March 12th, 2015|Education, State, Texas|Comments Off on School Rejects Censorship as a Matter of Principal

From Family Research Council:

Texas is known for a lot of things — but pushovers aren’t one of them. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned that the hard way when it picked a fight with White Oak High School. Using its small-town playbook, the atheist activists fired off a warning to the district complaining about a principal that reads a scripture as part of his morning announcements.

Dan Noll’s “Thoughts of the Day” had never been controversial before, so when a student recorded the audio and sent it to the Left’s attack dogs, it caused quite a stir. But if FFRF thought a little letter would scare Superintendent Michael Gilbert, they had another thing coming. In a response that should bring a smile to the face of every Christian conservative in America, Gilbert took it to the Left’s bullies with this fiery response.
“Let me be clear, this is an attempt to draw us into a contest of words for the sole purpose of giving the FFRF a large amount of free press/recognition that they and their very few members (1,200 in Texas) do not deserve. This group and others like it, are wanting us to provide them with negative quotes to use in the promotion of their agenda. We can and will make the adjustments needed to ensure our students experience a morally sound, positive character based education. There are a multitude of options to provide our students, faculty and staff the opportunity to express their First Amendment Rights as provided for in the United States Constitution. Let me also be clear that we have not (in my opinion) violated anyone’s rights and/or subjected anyone to undue stress. Bible studies and scriptures are allowed in schools.”
Then, with […]

1802, 2015

Nation’s Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb

By |February 18th, 2015|Education|Comments Off on Nation’s Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb

Nation’s Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb: “I Can’t Drill ‘em and Kill ‘em”
From DC Clothesline
Posted on February 17, 2015 by Heather Callaghan

An award-winning, nationally recognized teacher gave a “mic-dropping” speech that ended with the announcement of her teaching resignation from Elyria, OH public schools.

Stacie Starr was not just any teacher, however. She was the number one finalist in 2014’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” ‘Top Teacher’ award, a people’s choice and enviable contest of sorts. It’s like the “American Idol” for teacher contestants, and it drove her into the national limelight. This prompted many news segments to ask her how it felt to win that kind of recognition. In multiple pieces you can see her getting tearfully choked up at the honor, and calling it one of the greatest days of her entire life. Furthermore, she did not simply download information into her learning-disabled, at-risk students – she taught them how to think. That is why she was recognized!

That was near the end of the 2013-2014 school year, so for her to announce her resignation the following year, nowhere near retirement age, is astonishing and enough to make the greater majority of people to say, “what gives?” In the speech below, she will tell you exactly what gives.

But more than that, this speech is utterly heart wrenching because it erupts in tears of another kind.

Read full story at DC Clothesline by clicking here…

2201, 2015

Swinging for the Fence with Statewide Property Tax

By |January 22nd, 2015|Education, Taxes|Comments Off on Swinging for the Fence with Statewide Property Tax

This is the subject matter which will be laying the ground for a new statewide property tax. There will be far more on this to come, but for now, you should brace yourself as there will be no shortage of legislators agreeing to dig even deeper into your pockets. Article taken from the Spartanburg Tea Party website:
Hundreds of millions in new SC taxes based on nothing more than lies
We took a look at this Abbeville County lawsuit ruling back in November. In our post we pointed to these excellent reports:

Eva Moore at Freetimes

Rick Brundrett at TheNerve

And of course at the time everyone knew that this would be the excuse SC lawmakers needed to legislate MORE OF OUR MONEY FROM US!

Lobbyists in Columbia want us to pick up the tab for a huge new statewide property tax. Worse than that, they want taxpayers to roll over and accept the hundreds of millions in new taxes based on nothing more than lies.

Read this carefully. When you hear politicians in Columbia – even Republicans – tell you that a massive new property tax is “court ordered,” know with total certainty that they are lying. Not “kind of” lying, or telling a “little white lie.” Just straight up, ugly lying.

Before you understand the lie, you’ve got to know reality.

In 2014, the State Supreme Court finally ruled on a case (Abbeville et al) that has been dragging on for twenty years between eight school districts and the state. The Court ruled that the General Assembly failed to provide children in these poor, rural districts a “minimally adequate” education.

No surprise there.

What was a surprise, was the Court’s rejection of the idea that participating districts provide shameful educational quality because they don’t […]

1010, 2014

What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage

By |October 10th, 2014|Education, Judicial|Comments Off on What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage

This is so far from a conversation we should continue to be having, but there is an agenda at work and it is not going to go away. After watching the extraordinarily lengthy segment on WYFF News 4, I realize we are going to be beat over the head with this issue until we cave in. The web segment for WYFF is 2:27 in length and is MUCH shorter than what actually aired.   As they normally speed through the news, how often do you see a segment that long? You can search through their videos online and the majority are between 6 and 30 seconds.

Note to WYFF: Do you realize that approximately 80% of your South Carolina audience recently voted that marriage should be recognized only between a man and a woman? You presented the exact opposite to your audience in your extended version, showing 83% of people on social media disagree with the SC stance on gay marriage. Your presentation was dishonest and manipulative.

I am very much a live and let live type person. Most seem to want to turn this into an issue of “hate” and liken Christian’s opposition to gay marriage to the crusades, civil rights, or other absurd things in an attempt to divide and make this a difficult or uncomfortable discussion. After all, who wants to discuss something if they are going to be labeled hateful or made to feel uncomfortable for expressing their opinions or beliefs? This way fewer and fewer stand up and those pushing the agenda eventually win.

Some interesting statistics:
96.6% of people identify themselves as straight.
1.6% of people identify themselves as gay.
0.7% of people identify themselves as bisexual.
1.1% fell into other categories.

Only 1.6% of […]

910, 2014

Common Sense Prevails

By |October 9th, 2014|Education|Comments Off on Common Sense Prevails

In case you haven’t heard about this situation in Spartanburg County, the following are some excerpts from a Palmetto Family Council newsletter to catch you up:
It was two years ago that we celebrated the successful passage of the “SC Interscholastic Activities Act.” This new law gave Governor’s School, Charter School and Home School students the right to play for their local public school athletics teams and to participate in school activities like band, chorus, orchestra, ROTC, chess club, etc. South Carolina finally joined 28 or so other states that recognized that Governor’s, Charter, and Home School students were the children of taxpayers and that having such an option for all kids can be good for a community.

One of those home school students who has benefited from the new law is Andrew Mitchell, a young man living in the northern part of Spartanburg County who was able to make the Landrum High School Cardinals basketball team.

But, between this year and last, Andrew’s family moved a few miles away. That put him in the attendance area of Chapman High School. “No problem,” the school district in essence said, “We’ve had public school choice in Spartanburg District One for over 40 years. Parents can choose any school in the district. Just have Andrew continue at Landrum.”

This was great for Andrew’s family, and for the Landrum team, which had become a true sports home for the young man. In fact, everyone connected in any way to Andrew was strongly supportive of his right to stay at Landrum–the coaches, the principals, and the school district superintendent.

Enter the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL).

The SCHSL Executive Director, head of all public school athletics in South Carolina, denied the district’s request. According […]

609, 2014

Citizens for a Free Market Cuts Radio Spots

By |September 6th, 2014|Education|2 Comments

We cut a radio spot which will air throughout the day this Monday and Tuesday on WORD (106.3) and Conservative Talk 94.5. This video contains the same message as the upcoming radio spots.

509, 2014

Press Release: Emotions Run High on Tax Referendum

By |September 5th, 2014|Education, Press Releases|1 Comment

Emotions Run High on Sept 9 Tax Referendum
Byrnes Student Caught Taking Campaign Signs
Spartanburg, SC (5 Sept 2014) – As of 12:30pm today, the decision was finalized that we will not be pressing charges against a Byrnes High School student who was caught stealing campaign signs.

After receiving numerous reports from the community that students have been taking signs and other materials opposing the $71 million tax increase, two eyewitnesses stepped forward from two different instances, identifying the same vehicle involved in theft this week. The student was later caught in possession of the yard signs which had been taken.

The group Citizens for a Free Market took this tax fight on weeks ago in an attempt to build awareness regarding the use of Special Elections to raise taxes. “We have no desire to see this student or any of the other students involved get prosecuted for the theft of campaign signs,” stated Kerry Wood, Executive Director for Citizens for a Free Market. “It is our belief that these children were either directly or indirectly influenced by others. A prosecution in this matter could kill any chance they may have for scholarships, could harm future employment, prohibit them from holding clearances in government jobs, or even harm their chances of getting into the military. It is our hope that the students of Byrnes obtain a real world education from the events which have taken place, so they may be better prepared for their adult lives.”

Citizens for a Free Market understands that Byrnes High is in need of repair. Our disagreement with District 5 is mainly over the choice to hold a Special Election when the fewest possible people will participate while knowing this has a financial impact […]