State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Education

Henry McMaster: Invest in school choice & robust charter school program

On schools: What do we want? And what must we do?

We want a multifaceted system, anchored by traditional public schools boasting the best teachers, principals and technologies. We want charter schools--all public--to flourish, including those for children with special needs. Parents want vigorous, accountable, innovative school choice. So how do we accomplish this?

My executive budget increases per-pupil funding for charter schools, and establishes a transportation program to reduce barriers to access.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature Jan 24, 2018

James Emerson Smith: Led fight against vouchers

Smith was key in defeating GOP proposals to use state funds to help parents pay private school tuition. Before his 2007 deployment, Smith got leave to fly back to Columbia, energizing the opposition a day after private school choice advocates thought they had the votes on an issue that divided Republicans. Legislators then approved a public school choice plan.
Source: US News & World Report on 2018 South Carolina Governor race Oct 2, 2017

Tommy Pope: $100 million for repairs in poor rural school districts

The South Carolina House of Representatives produced an initial state budget, moving again on education improvements. This year's budget specifically addresses the needs of poor rural school districts in 39 counties which have struggled in the past as a result of declining revenue streams, among many other challenges. It is incumbent upon our state to provide each child the same opportunities in education regardless of their geographic location; the South Carolina Supreme Court said as much in their 2014 ruling which is the impetus for the actions we are taking today. In this initial funding proposal, $100 million has been dedicated toward repairing, maintaining, and in some cases upgrading the environments in which our students learn. I'll have more information on the state budget in the coming weeks.
Source: 2017 South Carolina House campaign website Feb 27, 2017

Thomas Dixon: Entitlement to quality education, including college

Source: 2016 South Carolina Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Ben Carson: Free college is a non-starter

People need to know that free college is a non-starter. We're on the verge of economic collapse: it's not just the $19 trillion, but it's also the $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Nikki Haley: Incentivize teachers to work in rural districts

We will aggressively start recruiting teachers to rural districts and, just as aggressively, incentivizing them to stay there. If a student agrees to teach in a challenged district for eight years, we will cover the full cost of their education at a state university. For recent graduates who agree to the same commitment, we will repay their student loans. For career educators who want to grow professionally and teach in these challenged districts, we will cover the cost of their graduate coursework.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature Jan 20, 2016

Nikki Haley: Higher education system is flush with cash

I am not opposed to using South Carolina's bonding capacity to serve the most critical needs of our state. There are times it makes sense. But it is why I opposed last year any effort to bond out hundreds of millions of dollars to fill a wish list for our already bloated higher education system. And no one can drive the campuses of Clemson and others, see the brand new facilities and tell me that they represent our greatest need. That is not true of elementary, middle, and high schools.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature Jan 20, 2016

Nikki Haley: Incentives for teachers, including tuition & grad school

We've proposed a new initiative that will help our rural schools get, and keep, the kind of highly qualified teachers their students deserve.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 South Carolina Assembly Jan 21, 2015

Tim Scott: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards

Question topic: The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Scott: Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Lee Bright: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards

Question topic: The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Bright: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Rick Wade: All 6 siblings attended public schools

Born in Lancaster South Carolina, "a mill town," as he describes it, Wade says his personal story "is so South Carolina."

"I had very humble beginnings," he says. "A father who didn't graduate from high school, was a fork lift operator in the textile mills, a mother who graduated from what then was called Lancaster Training School and was a nurse's assistant her entire life. And six of us; five boys and one girl and we all went to the public schools. All of my brothers; four other brothers had distinguished military careers, following in my father's footsteps as a war veteran. And I was the first person in my family to pursue advanced education at the University of South Carolina and then ultimately at Harvard University."

Source: TheGrio webzine interview on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Dec 13, 2013

Nancy Mace: Strongly supports educational choice

The answer to many of America's problems is not government, Mace will tell you. In regard to education, Mace says the federal government is "hurting more than helping." She strongly supports educational choice, but believes any reform to education must be made locally. "Parents, teachers, and local schools, in that order, should be the individuals setting education policy and making decisions about how to educate our young people."
Source: Edgefield Advertiser on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Nov 23, 2013

Lee Bright: Advocates abolishing the Department of Education

Consistent with Bright's limited government ideology, he says government must get out of the way and give Americans freedom and "all of these economic problems would immediately resolve." Furthermore, Bright spoke to the trouble facing public education. The states, not the federal government should handle decision making for education. "That's why I advocate abolishing the Department of Education."
Source: Edgefield Advertiser on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Oct 29, 2013

Rick Wade: Vision for S.C. focused on education and jobs

It would be intriguing to see two black candidates with opposite viewpoints on a laundry list of issues debating them before the people. At the end of the day, voters would be asked to choose not based on race but on these candidates' ideas and philosophies.

Wade believes he can articulate a vision--one focused on education and jobs, among other things--that many South Carolinians would agree with. He said he would take "my message to the people, wherever they are, whoever they are."

Source: The State magazine on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Aug 29, 2013

Lee Bright: Real choice including private schools and home-schooling

Annual reports on the performance of South Carolina's schools, declare the need for real reform. That reform cannot and will not happen without the bold leadership from our public school officials. South Carolina needs leaders in education who realize that one size does not fit all and that reform requires a willingness to change.

There are many alternatives that have proven to be successful such as charter schools, real school choice that supports private schools and home-schooling as well as programs where private and public schools work together.

South Carolina needs to attract the type of businesses that will strengthen the state's economy and in turn improve communities. This type of economic goal requires nothing short of a school system that produces a competitive workforce.

Source: 2012 South Carolina Senate campaign website, Nov 1, 2012

Tim Pawlenty: Let school districts decide on teaching intelligent design

Q: When you served as governor in Minnesota you named an education commissioner who equated the teaching of creationism with the teaching of evolution. Do you equate the teaching of creationism with the teaching of evolution, as the basis for what should be taught in our nation's schools?

A: The approach we took in Minnesota is to say there should be room in the curriculum for study of intelligent design. Didn't need to be in science class. We didn't decide that at the state level. We left that up to the local districts and parents; I think that's a reasonable and appropriate approach.

Q: You didn't answer my question about whether you personally equate a faith-based theory with scientific inquiry?

A: I believe that should be left up to parents and local districts and not states or federal government.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in South Carolina May 5, 2011

Nikki Haley: Educate kids not based on where they happen to live

Our children are our future workforce, our future business owners, and even our future governors. The quality we give them now is the quality they will return back to South Carolina, the quality that will define our state long after we're gone. [Let's] reform the Department of Education. We'll start with the funding formula. We need to educate our children not based on where they happen to be born and raised, but on the fact that they deserve a good, quality education, and they are our future workforce
Source: 2011 South Carolina State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

Mitt Romney: Supports English immersion & abstinence education

In the toughest of blue states Iíve had to stand up for life, and I have. Iíve had to stand up for traditional marriage, and I have. I stood to make sure that we could have English immersion in our schools, because I think kids should be taught in English. I fought for the death penalty. I fought for abstinence education. I have the kind of leadership that will allow America to build upon the same kind of reputation and heritage that we got from our conservative founders in this party.
Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Mitt Romney: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB

Q: You have been criticized for changing your position on some issues. You say that itís a part of learning from experience. Can you point to an area in which your learning from experience led you to change to a position that is less popular with the Republican base?

A: Sure, quite a few, actually. One is No Child Left Behind. Iíve taken a position where, once upon a time, I said I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education. That was my position when I ran for Senate in 1994. Thatís very popular with the base. As Iíve been a governor and seen the impact that the federal government can have holding down the interest of the teachersí unions and instead putting the interests of the kids and the parents and the teachers first, I see that the Department of Education can actually make a difference. So I supported No Child Left Behind. I still do. I know there are a lot in my party that donít like it, but I like testing in our schools. I think it allows us to get better schools

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Joe Biden: Pay teachers more to get better educational results

Q: Compared to Japan, China & India, we have fewer young people getting science & engineering degrees. How are you going to reverse this brain drain?

A: Change the fundamental way we educate our children. Thereís two things everyone knows: the smaller the class size, the better the outcome; and the better the teacher, the better the outcome. In those very nations named, a teacher makes as much as an engineer. If we want the best students in the world, we need the best teachers in the world.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Joe Biden: FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China

Biden may have made an overbroad claim about teacher pay. Asked why China, India & Japan have more students than the US pursuing degrees in science & engineering, he said: ďIn those very nations, a teacher makes as much as an engineer.Ē Perhaps thatís true, but his campaign couldnít document it fully. Biden aides cited an article from a 2005 issue of Phi Delta Kappan magazine saying, ďIn Japan, teacher salaries are comparable to those of engineers.Ē But the story makes no mention of China or India.
Source: FactCheck on 2007 South Carolina Democratic debate Apr 26, 2007

Thomas Ravenel: Charter schools' success prove point of local empowerment

The federal government should return power to the states. That in turn empowers local governments, which are closer to the people and thereby more representative. Individual freedom in this country is incrementally yielding to a growing government and its insatiable desire for more and more government revenues. Stronger than the law of physics is the notion that as government grows, individual liberty shrinks.

The recent trend of charter schools proves the point of local empowerment. When given a choice, people across America are more and more choosing charter schools, which are publicly funded but operated outside the established education bureaucracy. Charter schools bring control out of the distant halls of education administration and back to the neighborhoods. If this principle works on the school district level: and I firmly believe it does: it certainly can work on the federal level!

Source: 2004 South Carolina Senate campaign website, Sep 1, 2004

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