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Will it be an Obama mandate, or School Choice?

It doesn’t take a lot of listening to the South Carolina General Assembly to know that most Republican lawmakers aren’t lining up to voice support for the Obama Administration. After all, South Carolina is a conservative state, right?

Some GOP lawmakers are moving forward with an agenda that should make voters wonder whether “conservative” will remain as an accurate description for the state. That agenda is taxpayer funding to implement Obama’s universal early-childhood education plan, a version of which is moving forward in the state budget process.

You should be concerned. Very concerned. Under the guise of “making high quality pre-school available to every child,” left-wing social engineers and pandering politicians are partnering to foist another controlling, costly and failed policy on taxpayers in South Carolina.

We feel confident backing up the description of “controlling, costly and failed.” After all, we are talking about a program championed by the good folks at theNEA to enforce government education of all children as quickly as they can get their hands on them. Specifically, the National Education Association stated in their 2013 Resolutions, that “the Association supports early childhood education programs in the public schools for children from birth through age eight,” and “mandatory kindergarten with compulsory attendance.”

Is this really about education, or control? The data doesn’t seem to indicate the latter, considering that the $7 Billion a year federal Head Start program displayed less-than-notable results. At least, that’s what the Department of Health and Human Services reported. According to DHHS, “there were initial positive impacts from having access to Head Start, but by the end of 3rd grade there were very few impacts found for either cohort in any of the four domains of cognitive, social-emotional, health and parenting practices. The few impacts that were found did not show a clear pattern of favorable or unfavorable impacts for children.”

So, an expensive, big government failure can get the attention of South Carolina lawmakers, but not an actual reform like school choice? Other states have rushed to implement school choice programs. That’s because – unlike mandatory compulsory early-childhood education – school choice actually works.

When State Senators vote on whether or not to fund the Obama education mandate, they aren’t making a casual statement about wanting young children to get the education they need. They are publicly proclaiming whether they think parents should bow out of the way for aggressive labor unions and leftist speculators. More than that, they are putting their own names down on paper to say whether or not they want South Carolina to remain a “conservative” state.

School Choice Headed to the Senate Floor!

(Columbia) A plan to help low-income and disabled students attend the school of their family’s choosing moved closer to becoming law today, emerging from the Senate Finance Committee by a voice vote.

The proposal passed the House early this year and offers tax credit-funded scholarships to low-income and disabled students whose parents elect to send them to private schools or transfer them between different public schools. (more…)

School Choice Committee Vote TODAY

The school choice bill will be heard by the full Senate Finance Committee TODAY.

The meeting and vote will begin at 3:00 pm TODAY at the Senate’s Gressette Building, Room 105. Senators will be considering House Bill 4894. It offers tax credit funded scholarships to low-income and disabled students looking to attend nonpublic schools. Parents who can afford independent and homeschooling expenses out of pocket are offered modest tax deductions as well. (more…)

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