In his State of the State address tonight, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster presented a strong and comprehensive plan to help all students in the Palmetto State pursue their dreams today and in the future. Gov. McMaster’s support of early literacy, personalized learning, school choice, and college and career pathways set a strong tone for his first State of the State address.
“Today, the nations of the world are transitioning into a new kind of economy. Information, goods and services are moving with lightning speed. Language is no barrier and neither is distance. Workers who previously carried tool boxes now carry tablets. To that end, I’m calling for the creation of the South Carolina Workforce Partnership. This new initiative will connect businesses with high schools and technical colleges to collaborate on internships, dual credit and certificate programs for students interested in the skilled trades – focused on rural areas of our state.
“We must also continue to invest in school choice. A robust charter school program allows parents to choose the education opportunities that best suit their children. My executive budget increases per-pupil funding for charter schools, and establishes a transportation program to reduce barriers to access.”
– Gov. Henry McMaster
Highlights in the Governor’s budget proposal include:
- $5.7 million to provide South Carolina’s first-ever per-student funding increase for charter school students, and another $13.1 million for anticipated charter growth, bringing total charter school funding to $119.4 million.
- $2.5 million to provide, also for the first time, transportation funds for charter school students.
- $2.7 million for additional reading coaches under Read to Succeed, South Carolina’s comprehensive initiative to ensure students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade. This brings the total funding for reading coaches to $32.6 million.
- $3.3 million to train new computer science and coding teachers for every school in the state.
- Maintain $3 million for schools whose students pursue industry credentials that give them a head start on college and their careers.
- $188,475 for two new positions at the South Carolina Department of Education to support their work with schools across the state in personalized learning. This is a critical investment that also supports House Bill 4596, legislation creating a framework for personalized learning by Rep. Neal Collins.
For more on Gov. McMaster’s State of the State address, visit his website.