I got this advisory yesterday from Bud Ferillo, who made the influential “Corridor of Shame” documentary, in case you don’t know him otherwise:
Advisory NoticeSee attached official notice for the initial meeting of the new legislative committee that will consider remedies for the Abbeville v. State of South Carolina rural schools funding case.It will be held in Room 100, ground floor of the Blatt House Office Building, at 1:00pm next Monday, February, 23, 2015.Former U. S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina’s first two-term Governor, Richard W. Riley, a partner in the Nelson Mullins law firm which represented the plaintiff districts prop bono publico, will be the lead off speaker. See the attached Agenda for other speakers and committee business.PLease share with others. Come early for a seat. Enter through the center door facing the Gressette Senate Office Building. All other entrances are locked.
Another message from Bud, about today’s meeting:
I didn’t move to South Carolina until after Governor Riley left office. Were the public schools better in South Carolina during his eight year tenure? Was funding more equitable then?
Gov. Riley was (barely, by a few months) before my time, too. He’s known for pushing through the Education Improvement Act, which added a penny to the state sales tax for specific education programs.
As for more equitable, you’ve got me. That would require a budgetary analysis that is beyond my means at the moment…
I guess my point is that he had eight years to improve the quality of public education in South Carolina and my guess is he had no more luck at doing it than Nikki Haley has or will. The problems in South Carolina’s educational system are not fixable as long as certain mindsets remain. South Carolina State’s problems are indicative of the issue – poor performance and poor stewardship are given a pass.
Here’s more info on today’s meeting, from Speaker Lucas’ office: