In the last couple of weeks, it has come to our attention that there are people who would like to squelch free speech and expression in our county/state. First of all, let me explain what our so-called “Outside PAC” stands for, which is what we were called by the incumbents in the recent Fort Mill school board Trustees election when referring to GPS Conservatives for Action PAC.
We are first and foremost an organization that believes in individual liberties, freedom of choice, and American exceptionalism. We believe in the Republican creed and its platform. People who call us an Outside PAC should do more research before spouting untruths. We have members and supporters throughout York County including in the areas of Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Lake Wylie, Rock Hill, Sharon and Clover. We support conservative candidates in the county who most closely represent our values.
The reason I am telling you this is because the chairman of the Fort Mill school board stated in the local newspaper that the people who Kathy Sullivan and GPS supported in the Fort Mill School Board races were “absolutely clueless” and that Kathy Sullivan has no “qualifications” to be a member of the South Carolina State Board of Education. Who made him “king” and all knowing?
No one is against public education, but many people would like alternative choices if the school their child is attending is underperforming. Maybe all the schools in Fort Mill are overperforming, and people don’t need choices there. OK, that’s fine, but we know for a fact that many schools in the state are failing. Kathy would have been a spokesperson for all the children in the state, not just Fort Mill.
The chairman of the Fort Mill school board calls himself a Republican. If that is the case, then he should embrace what the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, stated about education in his “Principles for American Renewal” ( gop.com): “Let’s move to education and principle number seven: Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.
“Just down the street from here, there are two good parents, who had the means to send their kids to the best school in town. But not every American has the money to choose a good school for their children, like President and Mrs. Obama do.
“What if you can’t afford a private school? Or you can’t afford to move to a better school district?
“Educational access is the civil rights issue of our day, and school choice is one of the most effective ways to expand access.
“House Speaker John Boehner has been a champion of the Opportunity Scholarship program here in D.C. And there’s a reason: it offers children in this city hope. One of those former students, named Tiffany, talked about waiting to hear if she’d received a scholarship. She said, quote, “I started praying every day because I didn't want to go to a neighborhood school.
“School choice can truly be the answer to a child’s prayer.
“We want more ways to help disadvantaged kids get out of bad schools and into good ones. That’s why Governor Kasich of Ohio quadrupled the number of EdChoice scholarships in his state. That’s why Louisiana expanded its scholarship program under Governor Jindal.
“What I don’t understand is why the Obama Justice Department sued Louisiana to take away scholarships from kids. And, I don’t understand why Democrats oppose the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship. Or why Harry Reid wouldn’t put a charter school bill up for a vote.
“We can also improve education with accountability at the state and local levels. Governor Martinez in New Mexico implemented an A through F school rating system. With her education reforms, which also included raises, training, and evaluations for teachers, New Mexico is now the number one state in the country for improving graduation rates.
“Republicans are also working to lower costs and increase flexibility at the post-secondary level. One example, Senator Mike Lee. He proposed the HERO Act—the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act—to open up new avenues for non-traditional students, like single parents.
“There is a lie on the left that Republicans want to cut education. That’s not true. What Republicans want is a good education for every child, period.
“We shouldn’t measure how much we care about education by how much we spend, but rather by how much our students learn. Right now, we see money wasted on the priorities of teachers unions, not children. Education is too important to let policies be dictated by special interests.
“Education is key to opening doors of opportunity – and for fighting poverty.”
GPS Conservatives for Action PAC agrees with Reince Priebus’ position on education, and we would hope that all of you do too. Education is not about public schools, private schools, charter schools, virtual schools, etc. Education is about what is the best education possible for each child no matter what the venue to accomplish this.