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Charlie G. Williams, a former state superintendent of education for South Carolina, died Sept. 7. He was 70.

Charlie G. Williams

As the schools chief, Mr. Williams, a Democrat, worked to implement the state's Education Improvement Act, a centerpiece of the administration of then-Gov. Richard W. Riley, who is now the U.S. secretary of education.

The law added a penny to the state's sales tax to improve the state's public education system. The funds helped raise teacher salaries, overhaul remedial and gifted programs, and upgrade facilities.

Mr. Williams, who held the elected office for 22 years, was ousted by Republican Barbara Stock Nielsen in 1990.--JULIE BLAIR

Vol. 18, Issue 3, Page 4

Published in Print: September 23, 1998, as Milestone
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