Forums are being held around our state for the candidates vying to become state superintendent of education. Unfortunately, the candidates tend to make broad philosophical statements without much substance. I would respectfully suggest that the superintendent candidates be asked to respond to the following questions:
Since the overwhelming majority of K-12 students in South Carolina attend public schools, what actual experience do you have working in public schools?
The S.C. Department of Education has about 400 employees and oversees more than $4 billion in state, federal and other funds. What is your specific experience in leading a large organization and overseeing a large budget?
What is your position on Common Core and curriculum standards in general?
What is your position on high-stakes testing?
How should teachers and administrators be evaluated? Should test scores be used in evaluating teachers and administrators? If so, to what degree?
How should public education be funded? What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of the current method of funding?
Qualifications and specific positions do matter.
Frank E. Morgan
County School District