I applaud Gov. Nikki Haley’s efforts to reform our state’s archaic system of government. This state has layers upon layers of bureaucracy that do nothing but slow us down, and it’s well past time to fix it.
The fact that the superintendent of education is an elected position in this state puzzles me. Since education makes up almost half of our state budget, one would think the state’s CEO would have control over the process. But that is not the case! It’s mind-boggling! As in our federal government, this should be a cabinet position appointed by the chief executive – the governor.
If the superintendent were a member of the governor’s cabinet, the governor would ultimately be responsible for our state’s school system. And we need more accountability in our government, not more layers of bureaucracy for elected officials to use as a shield to deflect blame.
For some time, many in the Legislature have been trying to make the superintendent of education a cabinet-level position, under the control of the governor. Now they finally have a real chance to make this happen. Let’s keep fixing our state government and make it more efficient. Let your voice be heard as we continue to move forward toward more accountability in government!