Monday, May 02, 2005

Corridor of Shame

Corridor of Shame
Yesterday I watched Corridor of Shame: The Neglect of South Carolina's Rural Schools and basically cried the entire time. It broke my heart. I demand that anyone thinking about going into education watch it-- anyone who went to school in SC watch it -- anyone who cares about what happens to education in SC watch it. After the screening the director, Bud Ferillo (a CofC poli sci alumnus and lawyer) answered some questions and talked for a while. Matt and Ms. Moody were there, as was Dan. Charleston's mayor, Joe Riley, was in the documentary, as was Lindsey Graham.

What is the documentary about? Eight plantiff districts in SC (representing a total of 36) sued the state of SC over insufficient school funding, arguing that the state was not providing what they promised: enough for a "minimally adequate" education. (The fact that the state argues it just needs to provide an education --any education -- and not that the education has to be any good is one thing that pissed off a lot of people.) That was in 1993. This summer Judge Thomas Cooper Jr. will decide a verdict.



Anonymous Bud Ferillo said...

My thanks for your heartfelt reaction to Corridor of Shame. I appreciate your interest that others see it and the publication of the website address from which copies can be ordered.

We await Judge Cooper's order with great hope. If he rules for the rural school districts, we must all rise as one and demand the the State of South Carolina's named defendants ( the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, et. al.)not appeal the decision to the Supreme Court and abandon at last its wrongheaded position to defend the indefensible. Instead, we should now move smartly towards remediation in these embattled ditricts. An appeal will take another two years, with more wasted time and legal fees.

It is time South Carolina, at long last, be on the side of history.

Bud Ferillo
Producer and Director
CORRIDOR OF SHAME: the neglect of South Carolina's rural schools

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