Wednesday, May 1, 2019

S.C. Senate and S. 419

This morning I sent an email to all South Carolina Senators, expressing my opinion on the current educational reform legislation.

Many use the boilerplate auto-response: "Thank you for your email. Please know that I read all of my emails..." Yeah, sure...

But, within one hour, I received this individualized response from one Columbia-area Senator (not my own, Mia McLeod, whose office doesn't reply to emails from me or return phone calls). On behalf of this one outstanding Senator came this message:

"Thank you for your email. By all accounts, S. 419, the Education Reform bill, will not be voted on in the Senate this session. More stakeholders must have a say in the bill if we truly want educational reform in this state. Meaningful amendments are needed if Sen. (redacted) is to support S. 419 once it hits the floor of the Senate. Currently it is still in the Senate Education Committee, which he does not a member. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further concerns."

I removed his name from the email, so that he does not end up being targeted, harassed, doxed, or picketed by the loud advocates clamoring for passage.

At an educational reform forum held at Dent Middle School on March 25th S.C. Sen. Mike Fanning (D-Dist. 17; Great Falls) said the education bill (S.419) should not be passed; instead, it should be worked on further over the summer and fall and then voted on in 2020. I remember his words: "It's better to do it right, than to do it right now." He seemed to dancing to a different tune last week, when SC for Ed was planning to be dancing around the May Pole today.

Kids today, and many parents, don't know the significance of May 1st. Why did SC for Ed pick May 1st for its day of protest? Maybe this explains it.

"May 1 was a symbol of class struggle in Russia for about 100 years (1890-1990). Workers held annual protests on this day from 1890 to 1917, demanding better work conditions and higher wages. In 1918, May 1 became an important public holiday, known as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers, in the Soviet Union. Most Soviet cities had parades and obligatory workers’ marches on this day until 1990."

Got it, Komrade? Think this is taught in schools today?

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