The story in today’s Post and Courier with a headline “Math and Science backer under fire” should have read “And you thought John Graham Altman was going to bring the fireworks to the school board race.”

The story starts out with supporters of school board member Toya Hampton-Green attacking Park Dougherty, a leader of the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, because he’s supporting either of the two opponents running against Hampton-Green in November.

What surprises me is the prominence that Dougherty’s opinion is given by anybody. The headline, rightly, doesn’t include Dougherty’s name, and the story, rightly, doesn’t even name him until three paragraphs in. Why? Because the average reader doesn’t know who he is and wouldn’t be swayed by who he is or isn’t supporting, but you’d think from the way that board Chairman Hillery Douglas was talking that Dougherty is some type of kingmaker.

Douglas, the school board chairman, said Dougherty was playing the race card in his support for Stewart because it would split the vote among black residents and make it easier for the third candidate, Russell, to be elected.

“That’s lowdown, dirty politics that you don’t find in a school board race, especially since you have people interested in the welfare of the entire system and not just an isolated agenda like charter schools,” he said.

Green said Dougherty was pushing two candidates because he is a one-issue person, but that one issue won’t take care of the district’s more than 40,000 students.

I bet if you asked any parent who feels slighted (whether rightly or wrongly) by Hampton-Green’s votes against their charter school, they’d cop to being a single issue voter. After all, everyone wants every school to be the best, but a parent’s priority is to make sure their child’s school is the best. If they feel like Hampton-Green is in the way, they’re going to look for an alternative. That doesn’t sound racist or particularly scandalous.