This morning I watched this episode of Corey Allen's The Overton Report. It starts off with comments about Richland 2 teacher Lisa Ellis, founder (or co-founder?) of SC for Ed, who has announced she is running to be elected as S.C. Superintendent of Education.
My dislike for SC for Ed started when "they" influenced so many teachers to bag school on a workday a couple of years ago and show up at the S.C. State Capitol to protest for higher pay.
Richland 2 knew about that protest and proclaimed for weeks that it would not cancel school that day. It would manage with substitutes and whatever else it took to keep the doors open. You know, provide an education for the children. It's "for the children", don't you know?
What actually happened? The day before the protest, Richland 2 caved in. Of course, where it fell apart was not taking a strong stand weeks before. The superintendent should have directed all his subordinates to inform teachers that "Schools will be open May 1st", and then he should have told principals to limit the number of absences that would be approved.
It was clearly a work stoppage that was planned. It was a strike. Every teacher without an approved excuse for the personal day should have been docked a day's pay.
But even board members at the time voiced support, and some even showed up downtown.
They forgot they are Management. They are Trustees. They direct the school district. They don't align with Workers. Ahh, but the votes...
So, watch this episode of The Overton Report. See who Lisa Ellis is. Then decide. Is she someone you would like running the State Department of Education?