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Kamala Harris puts emphasis on teacher pay proposal in return to SC

Sen. Kamala Harris, democratic presidential hopeful, visits Big Mike’s in Myrtle Beach

Senator Kamala Devi Harris, democratic candidate for 2020 presidential nomination, held a meet and greet with area democrats at Big Mike's Soul Food in Myrtle Beach on Friday.
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Senator Kamala Devi Harris, democratic candidate for 2020 presidential nomination, held a meet and greet with area democrats at Big Mike's Soul Food in Myrtle Beach on Friday.

Kamala Harris will be back in South Carolina later this month, just in time for Easter.

Harris’ presidential campaign announced on Tuesday the candidate will be back in the Palmetto State from Friday, April 19, to Easter Sunday.

The U.S. senator from California will attend a Democratic Party event in Orangeburg County that Saturday, the campaign said in an email, which also said details about additional events will be released later.

Harris will focus on a federal proposal to boost teacher pay. The proposal would provide the average South Carolina teacher a 19 percent raise by offering a 3-to-1 federal match for increased school spending at the state level, Harris’ campaign said. The education plan would cost an estimated $315 billion over 10 years.

Education has been a focus of the S.C. Legislature this year. The state House of Representatives passed a major school overhaul last month.

Orangeburg has become a hot spot for candidates in next year’s Democratic presidential primary. The county hosts two historically-black universities, S.C. State and Claflin, which have become a target for candidates who want to reach African-American voters who are expected to be the majority of the state’s Democratic primary electorate.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris made her second visit to South Carolina after announcing her run for president Saturday Feb. 16, 2019, in Columbia, SC.

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Bristow Marchant is currently split between covering Richland County and the 2020 presidential race. He has more than 10 years’ experience covering South Carolina. He won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015 award for Best Series on a toxic Chester County landfill fire, and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.


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