The schools and school districts that are failing so many kids in South Carolina aren’t going to fix themselves. It doesn’t matter how much more money we give them. Or how much we free them from what they consider burdensome state requirements. Or what other changes we make that school board members, principals and teachers insist are needed.

Yes, it takes a certain amount of money to deliver a decent education — and it tends to take more money to deliver that education to kids from the poorest families, in the poorest communities, who start off way behind better-off kids. And in some cases, we aren’t providing enough.

Yes, some standardized testing can create perverse incentives, and some regulations can be a waste of time

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