If South Carolina is to remain competitive for future economic development and investment, then our students from all 46 counties must be ready to compete. We must have a multifaceted system, anchored by traditional public schools and public charter schools boasting the best teachers, principals and technologies.
- I believe the Superintendent of Education should be a cabinet-level position appointed by the governor to bring accountability to our education system. I am happy to report that the General Assembly recently approved this proposal, and South Carolinians will have the chance to vote on it November 6th.
- Teachers cannot teach and students cannot learn when distracted or threatened. By the end of my first term, I want to see a trained, certified police officer in every school, in every district – all day, every day – to prevent against tragedy.
- Spiraling administrative costs have a direct impact on educational outcomes. As governor, I will consolidate small districts to reduce costs, limit duplication and put more money and resources where they belong: into the classrooms and with teachers.
- We must align our educational system with the technological necessities of the new economy. As governor, I will push for new teachers for coding and computer science classroom instruction in every school in the state.
- Robust charter schools allow parents to choose the best educational opportunities for their children. We need more of them, and more transportation options to better facilitate school choice.
- Recruiting new jobs and economic investment will do more to improve educational opportunity than simply sending more money from Columbia. When a school district prospers, the schools in that district prosper.
I am also honored to have been endorsed by a coalition of educators from across the state.
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