The county school administrators knew more about this than they are letting on. They used the image of its success knowing well that there was little to sustain it. It was all about appearances. When the gig was up, they called in SLED because they had no choice. If they sat on it any longer it would be harder to deny the administration was a party to cheating these kids and their parents. That what they did, if only by looking the other way for as long as they did. Toya Green is just as much to blame because she ignored Fraser parents' concerns and just told them to "trust the superintendent" and not their own best judgement. Ms. Green should try telling them to trust her now. No way. Like Ms. Moore, Ms. Green should go, too. We need some healthy skeptics on the school board who will follow up on questions and who have ideas. Ms. Green offers nothing but cover for one failure after another.
Dot Scott and the NAACP might have been believable if Dot Scott had sent her own children & grandchildren to downtown schools including Burke...but she didn't. Instead she sent them to predominantly white private schools. What a hypocrite!
I agree. Barney is on the mark with this one. Let me add something to this statement: "We can argue that those people made their choices. That's true, but it doesn't remove the burden their choices place on the rest of us."
Don't forget that an often forgotten part of the burden created by people's poor choices is what they have placed on their children. They not only didn't ask for this; they are also the least prepared to take on that burden. How can we expect a child to make their way, often without an advocate, through a system that even good parents find difficult to navigate?
Yes, some parents fail. Some should never have become parents, but they have children anyway. Now what can we do for these kids early when they enter the educational process and well before they become a much more expensive problem for everyone later?
We can blame anyone or everyone, but these kids need help and placing blame isn't a solution. Thanks, Barney, for making this point.
My suggestion to "Native" in Columbia, do us all a favor if you don't like any of Riley's opponents. Don't vote at all. I'd hate to think Riley would be re-elected by a landslide of unenthusiastic voters who simply didn't like the choices. I'm comfortable with Gregorie and I'm a native who plans to vote for a competent replacement. I'm tired of hearing the same canned responses from Riley that I thought were new in 1991. It's 16 years later and Riley still hasn't changed his pep talk, much less changed his game plan. Four more years of this would be a mistake. At least Gregorie isn't owned by anyone and has some experience.
This case involving the bullying tactics of Mr. Miller is just the tip of the iceburg. Anyone who does business or is involved in politics in Charleston knows that what goes on under the table or behind closed doors is largely not known even when the public's interest is in the balance. Until someone like Mr. Miller comes along so clumsily to work this sewer of local government, we might not have been aware of it at all. This is business as usual from Broad Street to Mt.Pleasant, Moncks Corner, Summerville and back again. Mr. Miller's crude and unpolished style just makes it hard to ignore. Hey folks, this is just smoke. The fire is raging under all of this.
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