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Four things that Gov. Henry McMaster, James Smith say they will do to fix SC schools

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Henry McMaster and James Smith are the two candidates for South Carolina Governor in the 2018 midterm elections on November 6.
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Henry McMaster and James Smith are the two candidates for South Carolina Governor in the 2018 midterm elections on November 6.

When South Carolinians decide Nov. 6 whether Republican Henry McMaster or Democrat James Smith will take the Governor’s Mansion, education issues will weigh heavily on the outcome. Here are four things that Gov. McMaster, a Republican, and state Rep. Smith, a Democrat, say they would do to fix the state’s schools and keep teachers in the classroom.

Henry McMaster

  • Increase teacher pay

  • Promote less school testing

  • Support school choice

  • Request more money in the state budget to put a certified, armed law enforcement officer in every school

James Smith

  • Increase teacher pay

  • Promote less school testing

  • Expand the First Steps for Child Readiness preschool program

  • Promote project-based learning and looping, where teachers follow their students, moving up from grade to grade

Maayan Schechter: 803-771-8657, @MaayanSchechter
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