Harrell Hypocrisy Part II - School Choice Shutdown
Yesterday, the State House of Representatives was poised to cast a long-awaited vote on the newly-modified Put Parents in Charge bill, known as the "South Carolina Educational Opportunity Scholarship Act."
Providing public, private, charter and parochial school choice to the most at-risk, low-income, underperforming areas of our state, the Opportunity Scholarship Act is a compromise from last year's sweeping PPIC proposal, which the House tabled after then-Speaker David Wilkins muffed (perhaps intentionally) calling on Rep. Tracy Edge to offer the amendment that would have assured the bill's passage.
This year's version, which was shot down in subcommittee last week based on "instructions from on high," according to one Representative, had as many as sixty "Yea" votes ready to roll - more than enough for it to pass the House based on the number of representatives present and prepared to vote yesterday.
Unfortunately, what could have been a monumental victory for the 130,000 South Carolina schoolkids who are currently forced to attend failing or below average public schools, instead turned into yet another carefully-orchestrated school choice shutdown by the Mayor of Importantville himself, House Speaker Bobby Harrell.
Harrell, whose daughter happens to attend the most expensive private school in Charleston, promptly gaveled the House out-of-session when it was clear the bill was in a position to pass.
Well, in addition to keeping South Carolina schoolkids (other than his own, anyway) trapped in failing schools for yet another year, Harrell didn't want to miss a fundraiser for liberal, big-spending, anti-choice Republican Bill Cotty, by far and away the biggest RINO in the House of Representatives.
Instead of allowing House members to vote on a bill that would have lifted thousands of South Carolina's neediest kids out of the dead-end, hopeless despair that is our state's public school system, Harrell instead decided to help raise money for a guy who wants to keep them exactly where they are, trapped.
Well congratulations, Mr. Speaker. You've got a new nickname today.
For your tireless efforts to keep hundreds of thousands of kids from getting a quality education, we at FITS hereby dub you the "Superintendent of Stupid."