Comprehensive Education Reform
This bill remains in special order status in the Senate. Twenty amendments passed this week – primarily focused on additional accommodations to teachers, the composition of the State Board of Education, and the school start date and contract period.
The Chamber and the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance delivered a joint letter to the Senate on Tuesday this week, calling on Senators to pass meaningful education reform without further delay.
“It’s time for the Senate to finish the job on comprehensive education reform...Producing high-quality students prepared for a career is imperative for the future of our workforce and the success of our state’s businesses. The Senate needs to do its job and pass meaningful education reform.”- Ted Pitts, Chamber President & CEO
Sara Hazzard, President & CEO of the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance said, “South Carolina is home to more than 5,000 world-class manufacturing companies that employ over 250,000 South Carolinians. It is essential for our State to prioritize our future workforce so that all South Carolina students have access to a quality education that leads to meaningful employment. It’s time to take action and we urge the Senate to pass meaningful education reform.”
The bill may pass early next week.
Chamber Position: Support passage of a comprehensive bill that addresses Chamber priorities including:
- Supporting strong intervention in under-performing schools
- Strengthening Read to Succeed
- Support efforts to consolidate school districts
- Supporting Schools of Innovation