The superintendent of education race is crowded: four Democrats and eight Republicans are vying for their party’s nominations. The nominees will face each other and American Party candidate Ed Murray in November. The issues have ranged from those who want to abolish Common Core education standards to one candidate who recommends the legalization of marijuana to help pay for the state’s K-12 education system.
Residence: Fort Mill
Occupation: Education consultant
Political experience: State director of school transformation under current Republican state Education Superintendent Mick Zais; unsuccessful run for S. C. House of Representatives, 2008
Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Winthrop University; doctorate, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Twitter pitch: Want a next generational leader that is prepared to lead 21st century schools-vote for Belton for S.C. State Superintendent of Education
Occupation: Retired educator
Political experience: Former Florence County Democratic Party chair, unsuccessful run for S.C. House in 2010
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University, three master’s degrees from USC, University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Winthrop University
Twitterpitch: 30+teachadvocate4ourchildrenasTheSCEAPrez/STEAM/K-3smallerclasssize/ $teach+ESupport/qualityaftschprograms/+discipline/novouchers
Occupation: Orangeburg County school attendance supervisor; exclusive agent/owner Horace Mann Cos., The Govan Insurance Agency
Political experience: S.C. House representative for 21 years
Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, S.C. State University
Twitter pitch: As a legislator, educator, and parent, I know firsthand what it will take to prepare students for a new & ever changing global economy
Residence: Forest Acres
Occupation: Doctoral specialization coordinator, Walden University
Political experience: Unsuccessful run for S.C. superintendent in 2010
Education: Bachelors, master’s and doctorate degrees, the University of Illinois
Twitter pitch: Unique background as teacher, principal, professor and dean; doctorate and training from Harvard & USC; priorities = early childhood education, school safety, community involvement.
Occupation: Retired special-needs teacher
Political experience: Worked for the U.S. Department of Education during President Ronald Reagan; worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Winthrop University.
Twitter pitch: Voice 4 the classroom, 4 safer schools, 4 more choice, 4 families! VOTE 4 Spec Needs TEACHER @SallyAtwater #SayNO2Educrats #StopCommonCore
Occupation: Chief executive and president, The Burgess Research Action Group
Political experience: Member, Anderson County school board, S.C. Juvenile Parole Board, John de la Howe school board of trustees; unsuccessful run for state superintendent of education in 2010
Education: Bachelor’s degrees, Wofford College; master’s and education-specialist degrees, Converse College; doctorate, University of South Carolina
Twitter pitch: Experienced, intelligent fighter. Fought the establishment and won. Will work to take our schools back from politically correct indoctrination
Occupation: Former deputy superintendent of education under current GOP schools Superintendent Mick Zais
Political experience: Education adviser to Gov. Mark Sanford, served on Education Oversight Committee from 2008-2010
Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Duke University
Twitter pitch: Vote Meka Childs for school choice, high-quality instruction, & fiscal responsibility. A vote 4 Childs is a vote for the children!
Political experience: None
Education: Bachelor’s, master’s degrees and law degrees, University of South Carolina
Twitter pitch: Only candidate with background in education and law background. Only Amy can argue education laws and work with legislature to advance them
Occupation: Head, S.C. Parents Involved in Education
Political experience: Treasurer, past chairman and executive committee member, Kershaw County Republican Party; member, Governor’s Commission on Women; unsuccessful runs for office include Kershaw County School Board in 2004, and S.C. House in 2006, 2008, 2010
Education: Graduate of Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge, England
Twitter pitch: @SheriFew will #StopCommonCore, fight 4 free-market school #Vouchers & review textbooks 4 anti-American/anti-Christian bias & junk science.
Occupation: Professor, University of South Carolina
Political experience: None
Education: Bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, University of South Carolina
Twitter pitch: Dr Jordan says honor & respect the teacher and reach out to all students. It is important to find a long-term solution to tuition increases.
Occupation: President and owner, Moffly Construction and Real Estate
Political experience: Member, Charleston County school board; three-time unsuccessful candidate for state schools superintendent
Education: Attended, Queens College in Charlotte and College of Charleston
Twitter pitch: She is calling for 10 pt grading scale, multiple diploma options, absolute parental rights and more school choice!
Occupation: Director, S.C. Association of School Administrators; former teacher and school administrator
Political experience: Former state representative, 1992-98
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Lander University; master’s degree, George Washington University; education specialist’s degree, University of South Carolina
Twitter pitch: Republican, Parent, Teacher, and Principal w/ 35+ yrs experience. Fighting for better schools and a brighter future for all SC students.