Tin Shop Tartan - Randolph County Alabama's Own Snarky and Surly Scot Gets All Native

Blogging from the suburbs of the Tin Shop community, Captain Plaid brings Progressivism, and a share of Quixotic angst, to the ridges and hollows of Randolph County, Alabama. Hardly a booster yet rooted here enough to fight, Plaidsters can perhaps find like cause in trying to build local solutions to global concerns. Education, environment, economy, entertainment, engagement ... Trust the Tartan!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Troup County Takes One for the Team?

Troup County Schools, which I can assure you aren't always hitting on all cylinders, made the AJC today with an opinion piece entitled Education takes a back seat to Kia. Some of the writing is rather shocking in that is reads,
Clearly the Kia plant will be welcome in an area of Georgia hard-hit by textile plant closings. But while Troup County was trading away future school funding for assembly line work, Kia officials were securing a deal that better reflects the value of education: HOPE scholarships will go to 10 children of Kia managers who wouldn't otherwise qualify for a HOPE scholarship because they didn't graduate from a Georgia high school; and an unspecified number of managers and family members will be granted waivers for in-state tuition at Georgia colleges and universities. (Clearly, Kia managers understand that U.S. workers won't be able to compete long-term against lower-cost countries in manufacturing.)

Education again comes out on the short end. Assembly line jobs for those kids that can't escape? By the time the waivers run out the world economy will have changed enough to where these jobs might migrate elsewhere. Peace ... or War!