Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Did Inez Withhold Bad Report Card Release?

Preliminary details of South Carolina's school report cards were released today by the State Department of Education and the news - as expected - was not good.

Last year, 25.9% of our public schools were either failing or below average. This year, that number has mushroomed to 35.3%. That's one out of every three public schools, people, in the event you were educated in one of those failing S.C. schools and don't do percentages that good.

Rest assured, we'll have something to say about the report card results (once Bill Robinson over at The State has finished putting the Rex-Tenenbaum spin on them, anyway), but the real story here could be the timing of the release - coming as it does one week after an extremely tight race for State Superintendent of Education.

Sources tell FITS that the report card data was ready for release two weeks ago, but was "delayed" until after the election - ostensibly so as not to diminish the prospects of Democrat Jim Rex, who is currently clinging to a 500-vote lead over Republican Karen Floyd.

So, the million dollar question is this: Would outgoing Democratic Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum have done something like this intentionally to bolster Rex's chances?

We certainly wouldn't put it past her.

Everyone knew the Floyd-Rex race was going to be close, although few would have predicted it would actually fall within the 1% threshold triggering the mandatory recount that begins tomorrow. Fewer still would have predicted that it would enter the record books as the closest statewide race in South Carolina history.

There's definitely something fishy going on, but don't count on the mainstream media to pick it up ... after all, that's why we're here.

But before you start calling us Josh Gross and what-not, just remember we've been quite vocal and consistent in our criticism of the Floyd campaign.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No she didn't. The data wasn't even ready until late last week, AFTER the election. Trust me, I don't have any vested interest in this, but I am in the middle of the whole technical process of releasing the reports. Inez has nothing to do with this schedule.

4:37 PM

Anonymous ells bells said...

First, Will, I think the proper terminology would be.. "don't do precentages WELL".. not "good".. You didn't, perhaps, attend one of Columbia's finer private schools, did you?

While I'm not a fan of Inez and the fact that she is allowed the free time and ample finances to serve as superintendent of one of the poorest funded education systems in the U.S. merely because she sits on a family fortune (call it her money, her husband's money, I don't care).. I do think that we can atleast agree to the fact that an educator is the best suited candidate for the title of Superintendent of Education. To seek a candidate in any other field is like hiring a gigilo to do your plumbing.. to them, "to screw", means two very different things.

5:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If done intentionally for this reason...maybe it is bad on her part (or strategic "Rumsfeld is in it for the long haul" type election posturing that is or is not ethical depending on ones out look) - however, I don't see how this has anything to do with the recount or whether or not the votes were canvassed correctly as the "something fishy" language seemed to indicate.

5:27 PM

Anonymous Tim said...

Well, let's see, a simple check of the Department of Education's website reveals that for the last four years, report cards were released on:
November 10, 2005
December 3, 2004
November 5, 2003
October 31, 2002

I'm sure they manipulated the release of the 2004 report cards - which showed improvements - to aid Inez's Senate race. Oh, wait, that election was held in November just like this year's. Dammit, Jim Demint infiltrated the Department to sink Inez!

5:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOGWASH Anon 1 ---- Hope you all enjoy running public education further into the ground ---

8:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some attribution would be nice once in a while. Really. The use of anonymous sources, and people actually believing you anyway, is something you should really have to earn...

10:13 PM

Blogger SCPolitico said...

Well let's see, the rumors and some substantiated, that widespread misuse of SCDOE email lists, computers, copiers et cetera somehow found there way promoting the REX campaign so yeah who would believe such a thing...

11:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard she forged her parents' signature on it, too.

11:30 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...

Hey ells bells,

Serving you is getting a little bit too easy.

The "don't do percentages GOOD" was ententshunul.

Kongrachooleshuns, tho.


11:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

But are you serving ells bells, or servicing ells bells?

7:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe, when commenting on South Carolina's education system (in the form of combatting the nature of current Superintendent Tenenbaum) you should try to be the exception and not fit the stereotype. Clarification: it's easy to say grammar mistakes are intentional when pointed out, but when suggesting (albeit subtly) a need for education reform... avoid being "funny" because it oftentimes doesn't work and instead attempt to sound "educated"...

Merely a suggestion...

9:45 AM

Anonymous west_rhino said...

Wil, though it is just soooooo conveeeeeeeeeeient. (church lady mode off) that the data was not released unitl one week after the elections, I suspect that had it been finalized in time to be released earlier, we'd have had leaks int the bitstream of this damning evidence for Floyd's election. Only a Nixonian conspiracy to cover up John Dean's moves to hide his wife's shady past or Rod Shealey could pull that off.

Now Nixon's dead, Gordon LIddy's a Republican, but we hear spoken that that Rod has his price and McConnell isn't anteing up the Hunley.

Maybe the space aliens that met with Tim Moultrie had something to do wiht it.

2:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The following is all u need to know about schools.

Education equals money. Big money.

The average peron has no idea how much money is made off education. They thimk education is about children.


And they will do anything to proetect the flow of money...

It is about money.

7:13 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...

We thought the "don't do percentages good" thing was funny. We thought it was even funnier that somebody (ells bells as it turns out) took the bait. But then again we think a lot of things are funny.

Course that's just how we roll.

9:11 PM


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