Curtis LeMay’s Oct. 7 commentary is way off base (“Plan to change standards would gut public education”). For the past four years, the General Assembly has suspended one-size-fits-all regulations governing class size and staffing levels, thus empowering school districts to make decisions at the local level that best benefit their students.
During this time, we have not seen a single instance of a school board or superintendent using this freedom to act in an irresponsible way. The S.C. Department of Education has simply proposed that this legislatively provided flexibility be made permanent.
During my visits to every county and more than 220 schools across the state, I am frequently asked, “Dr. Zais, can you give us more flexibility so we can be more innovative in our schools?” In response, I have consistently supported decision-making at the local level, while discouraging mandates from Columbia. It’s time to give more control to our local school boards and superintendents and to base education initiatives on facts, not hysteria.
Dr. Mick Zais
State superintendent of education