South Carolina

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Governor:Henry McMaster
State Superintendent of Education:Molly Spearman
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:756,523
Number of school districts:102
Number of public schools:1,269
Number of public school teachers:49,475
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,732
Percent minority students:47.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:55.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:5.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:31.9%
8th grade math:26.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:29.3%
8th grade reading:30.0%

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Charter schools are playing a notable role in remarks about education from candidates like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Yet it's not clear what if any role they'll have in important states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
South Carolina's education superintendent won't support teachers rallying for better pay and smaller class sizes on a school day and said she will spend the day as a substitute teacher instead even as more school canceled classes.
April 30, 2019 – Education Week

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