Education State of the States

South Carolina

February 01, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Gov. Mark Sanford told South Carolinians last week in his State of the State Address that “economically and academically, things have to change” in the state.

The Republican governor called in his Jan. 26 speech for the state legislature, which his party controls, to approve his “Put Parents In Charge” plan. The proposal would allow families to claim up to $4,600 in personal income-tax credits for payments to private or public schools.

BRIC ARCHIVE

“For the state, and for the sake of these kids’ lives, I ask for this bill’s passage,” Gov. Sanford pleaded.

The school choice plan also would allow businesses to donate a portion of corporate income taxes to nonprofit scholarship groups that would dole out money for tuition. A similar program in Florida is used by thousands of low-income students.

Read the text of Gov. Sanford’s address.

But education advocates in the state last year opposed a similar plan from the governor, arguing any extra money should be focused on helping public schools. They also contended the plan mostly would aid private schools and families that home school.

Gov. Sanford added in his speech that low test scores and high dropout rates are “a disaster” for the state. He urged moderate increases in K-12 aid—even though the state’s school finance system is under court challenge. (“Passions High as S.C. Finance Case Comes to a Close,” Jan. 5, 2005.)

A version of this article appeared in the February 02, 2005 edition of Education Week

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Personalized Learning Webinar
No Time to Waste: Individualized Instruction Will Drive Change
Targeted support and intervention can boost student achievement. Join us to explore tutoring’s role in accelerating the turnaround. 
Content provided by Varsity Tutors for Schools
Student Well-Being K-12 Essentials Forum Social-Emotional Learning: Making It Meaningful
Join us for this event with educators and experts on the damage the pandemic did to academic and social and emotional well-being.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Privacy & Security Webinar
K-12 Cybersecurity in the Real World: Lessons Learned & How to Protect Your School
Gain an expert understanding of how school districts can improve their cyber resilience and get ahead of cybersecurity challenges and threats.
Content provided by Microsoft

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: November 23, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: November 2, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 19, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 12, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read