Originally created 11/05/06

Floyd: a super superintendent



Insanity, they say, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Insanity has been official South Carolina education policy for some time.

It's time for something different. It's time for Karen Floyd.

The fresh, hard-charging, ultimate outsider running for state superintendent of education brings desperately needed hope to a state whose battered schools image was neatly summed up in ABC-TV reporter John Stossel's courageous 20/20 special "Stupid in America." Stossel showed in dramatic ways how the American system of education - slavishly devoted to the old ways, to government inaction and the choke-hold of teachers' unions - is failing our kids.

The problem is pronounced in South Carolina, which ranks at the bottom of the country in academic achievement and the top in dropout rates.

Floyd may be just the medicine the state needs.

South Carolina needs out-of-the-box thinking, guts and vision, and Floyd has shown all of that her entire professional life - as a former prosecutor, former vice president of Advantica Restaurant Group, former Spartanburg County Council chairman and now founder and CEO of the Palladian Group, a broad-based business development and marketing firm in Spartanburg.

Her ideas are as bold as her resume. She wants to revamp the muddled and unhelpful Palmetto Achievement Challenge Tests. She has a comprehensive plan for increasing security in schools. And she wants to give parents the simple but profound power to choose their kids' schools.

With Gov. Mark Sanford, Karen Floyd has the ability to radically improve education in South Carolina. All she needs now is the opportunity.

Please vote for Karen Floyd on Tuesday for superintendent of education for South Carolina.

Let's bring some sanity to the discussion.