SC Education Lobby:
The so-called "Education Lobby" is a far-reaching collection of taxpayer funded and taxpayer subsidized unions associations for public school teachers, administrators, superintendents, and school board members in South Carolina.
They go by the names SCEA, SCASA and SCSBA. They are, functionally speaking, public sector unions. They have close and formal ties to controversial national labor organizations and the SCEA even describes it self as the state's NEA "affiliate."
For year's they siphoned huge sums of money away from public school classrooms; money that is spent on formal lobbying, political contributions, campaigning, and media spin. They've consistently mis-informed both lawmakers and the public about public school spending and student performance. They've fought education reform tooth and nail.
The SCEA, SCASA and SCSBA draw millions away from classrooms through questionable dues, consulting contracts and vacation-esque conferences. That's a big part of the reason public schools in South Carolina spend a paltry 44 cents per-dollar on instruction.
Here's a clip of the SC Education Lobby, and their out-of-state overloads, talking about their insatiable demand for money and power:
Bonus: check out Google's opinion about the SCEA's non-union "association" status!