Friday, September 05, 2008

Doubt Public Education needs reform?


I support public education in South Carolina,but not in the form it is in today. It has become a bloated bureaucracy top heavy with administrators and funded by who has the most gifted grant writer.

An example of how the grant system is just plain silly at times, take for example the $800,000 the federal government gave as a grant to South Carolina elementary schools for providing fruit and vegetable snacks. The idea is to promote healthy choices in eating. I suppose the mystery meat served for lunch in the school cafeteria does not get that job done. Frankly, don't we in south Carolina already have school dietitians who are supposed to promote healthy eating and provide healthy foods at breakfast and lunch for children?

The money is spread out over the following schools:

# North Aiken Elementary (Aiken) – 541 students – $27,320
# J. D. Lever Elementary (Aiken) – 614 students – $31,007
# Varennes Elementary (Anderson 5) – 387 students – $19,543
# Calhoun Academy of the Arts (Anderson 5) – 683 students – $34,491
# Nevitt-Forest Elementary (Anderson 5) – 426 students – $21,513
# St. Helena Elementary (Beaufort) – 526 students – $26,563
# James J. Davis Elementary (Beaufort) – 401 students – $20,250
# Whale Branch Elementary (Beaufort) – 362 students – $18,462
# Guinyard Elementary (Calhoun) – 639 students – $32,589
# Hursey Elementary (Charleston) – 283 students – $14,291
# Mary Bramlett (Cherokee) – 291 students – $14,695
# Plainview Elementary (Chesterfield) – 200 students – $10,100
# McBee Elementary (Chesterfield) – 402 students – $20,301
# Summerton Early Childhood Center (Clarendon 1) – 210 students – $10,710
# St. Paul Elementary (Clarendon 1) – 196 students – $9,996
# Manning Elementary (Clarendon 2) – 687 students – $34,693
# Hendersonville Elementary (Colleton) – 457 students – $23,078
# Black Street Elementary (Colleton) – 425 students – $21,569
# Harleyville Ridgeville Elementary (Dorchester 4) – 502 students – $25,351
# Andrews Elementary (Georgetown) – 855 students – $43,177
# Alexander Elementary (Greenville) – 380 students – $19,190
# Hardeeville Elementary (Jasper) – 752 students – $38,352
# Jackson Elementary (Kershaw) – 416 students – $21,008
# Bethune Elementary (Kershaw) – 135 students – $7,155
# Midway Elementary (Kershaw) – 395 students – $19,947
# Harbison West Elementary (Lexington 5) – 490 students – $24,745
# Pelion Elementary (Lexington 1) – 983 students – $49,641
# Batesburg-Leesville Elementary (Lexington 3) – 452 students – $22,826
# Albert R. Lewis Elementary (Pickens) – 249 students – $12,574
# Windsor Elementary (Richland 2) – 609 students – $30,754
# Keels Elementary (Richland 2) – 602 students – $30,401
# Mary H.Wright Elementary (Spartanburg 7) – 398 students – $20,099
# Park Hills Elementary (Spartanburg 7) – 431 students – $21,765
# Cleveland Elementary (Spartanburg 7) – 504 students – $25,452


Hooray for the kids and teachers who get to munch on a healthy snack. However, when public school parents are nickeled and dimed by the public schools their children attend; and when the taxpayers are constantly asked to give more to provide just the basics; and when our children are encouraged by the school administration to go out and peddle second rate high merchandise to help fund the school; it is an outrage the Department of Education would tout spending $800,000 on fruit baskets and vegetable trays.

If you ever doubt the system we have needs reform, remember that while some students in this state share books and computers, and go to school in dilapidated buildings, our state's Department of Education touts getting money to spend on fruit baskets. I guess kids and their parents will not have to worry about that apple for the teacher in those schools.


Editor's note: This post is the first of several VUI will be doing over the next few weeks on reforming public education in South Carolina.

1 comment:

  1. All that fruit for little crackers. You are right. Give that food to brothers and sisters who need the shit.

    Oh yeah, and you pale ass cracker, I ain't in jail no more. Get that.

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