Education remains a top agenda item for the legislature, Governor and Superintendent of Education.
SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION — H.3146
Currently, the Superintendent of Education is elected by voters in the state. While the Superintendent, Governor and legislature have had fairly consistent visions for the state education policy, making the Superintendent a cabinet level position may result in a more uniform vision for the state’s education policy and the ability to speak with “one voice” about what education in South Carolina should look like. H.3146 proposes an amendments to Section 7, Article VI out the State Constitution to have the Superintendent appointed and serve at the pleasure of the governor beginning in January 2023. The question will be on the general election ballot for the 2018 November election.
TEACHER APPRECIATION ACCOUNTS — S.888
A bill to authorize a school district or governing body of a charter school to adapt a policy to allow teachers to be paid for unused sick leave or annual leave. This measure encourages teachers to remain in the classroom and continue to teach the children. Instead of losing those days, they can be paid by the district for those days.
EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS TAX CREDIT — H.4077
A bill codifying income tax credits for the education of the children with exceptional needs. These provisions have been included as a budget proviso in general appropriation acts for the last five years.