Is “public school” choice the same as real school choice? The Governor of South Carolina doesn’t think so. On June 22, 2007, Governor Mark Sanford vetoed a bill often referred to as an “open enrollment” bill, saying that the bill would not provide true choice for South Carolina’s students, but would actually inhibit it. “We believe an open system is vital to allowing a student to move from a school that is not working for them to one that does, but the fact of the matter is that this bill only creates the illusion of an open system,” Gov. Sanford said, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Governor.
Click here to view Gov. Sanford’s veto message.