So, why didn't this group raise Hell when the City of Charleston found out that a large empty lot on Reid Street they owned was part of the once large (over 1,000 graves) Hampstedt Cemetery and decided to move the roughly 350 remains and build public housing atop the site back in 2009? If this had any possibility of being tied to slavery or black people, there would've been a national uproar. But nope... It was a German cemetery owned by St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, primarily a place to bury children and women killed by yellow fever. I doubt Mr. Kwadjo Campbell cared much about that little preservation issue......
They could still utilize the NCLB process, even if Mount Pleasant was a separate district, just like children in Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Georgetown Counties attend schools within the Chasn County School District.
This data is taken from the entire state, therefor skewing regions like Charleston or Columbia or Myrtle Beach. An urban or suburban school district like Charleston County - despite some key hindrances - is relatively on par with those high-ranking areas of the country. On the other hand, a rural district in what's dubbed the "Corridor of Shame," drastically drags down the state's overall standards.
We have learned that money does not directly equate to better education. The problems in these low-ranking districts, while rarely publicized, are primarily based on parent participation and other issues at home. Rather than pump more money into failing schools, push push push mothers, grandparents, community leaders, and fathers (if available) to actually encourage their youth to excel in class.
Virginia is mentioned specifically in this op-ed piece. That state is a hyper-intensified example of South Carolina. Geographically, Virginia is overwhelmingly rural and poor. However, in terms of population, the D.C. and Norfolk metropolitan areas fully elevate her status to near the top. The well off metro areas of South Carolina simply don't have the populous to raise our state's numbers.
One can't simply take these sorts of statistics at face value. Each one ought to be broken down by locale, rather than state, and assessed individually - whether they're related to education, crime, poverty, or even taxation. The stats ought to available, and highly publicized, to show how specific counties, districts, regions, and municipalities fare amongst the rest of the state or even compared to similar-sized areas of other states. To account for a state as a whole is purely misleading, yet it continues to be the modus operandi for certain political interests.
Good job shutting up Catastrophe, Mr. Yuengling. And anyone else who had wanted to chime in, for that matter. Funny how indisputable facts that prove you're wrong do that...
It's so hard to be me!!!
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