The S.C. American Association of University Women urges our legislators to support public education with our public tax dollars. We still have areas of the state with poor schools, and we cannot afford to send scarce dollars to private schools or to provide vouchers or tax credits for tuition or any other scheme to hide the fact that public funds are being diverted to private schools.
If we give tax credits to parents paying tuition, we obviously will reduce the amount of revenue the state receives. Instead, appropriate that amount to public schools. We need to give more than lip service to our commitment to educating all the children in South Carolina. A democracy relies on an educated population to survive, and providing a minimal education is a sad commentary on our values.
Marie Eloise Setser
Public Policy Chair