Skip Navigation
We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience, provide ads, analyze site traffic, and personalize content. If you continue to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies.
Press Release

The SCEA Strongly Opposes Passage of Voucher Bill

The SCEA Releases Statement on S.39.
school voucher protest AP Photo/Darron Cummings
Published: 04/27/2023

April 27, 2023                                                                           
Contact: Heaven Hale, [email protected]

The SCEA Strongly Opposes Passage of Voucher Bill

COLUMBIA – Today, The South Carolina Education Association (The SCEA) released the following statement on voucher bill S.39. This measure establishes Educational Scholarship Trust Funds to provide families with vouchers for private and religious school tuition and costs.

“Every child, no matter their race, zip code, or socioeconomic status, deserves access to a high-quality education. That is why The SCEA staunchly opposes S.39 and any measure that diverts public funds into private schools. Education Scholarship Trust Funds are simply vouchers under a different name. Our state constitution is clear: public funds should not go to private and religious schools. This bill is a clear violation of our state constitution.

Over 94% of South Carolina students attend public schools, and those will be the students that suffer the consequences of diverting public money to private schools, such as larger class sizes, reduced extracurricular activities, and fewer sports programs.

In the middle of the worst teacher shortage crisis our state has ever seen, while South Carolina continues to rank towards the bottom in teacher pay, it is deeply disappointing to see the legislature taking money that should be used to improve public education and sending it to private institutions.

Like most South Carolinians, we believe that a successful future depends on every student in our state receiving a great education where they live and play. To that end, we will continue to fight against measures that harm public education and South Carolina students.”




Your Voice. Our Power. Their Future.

The SCEA is an affiliate of the largest professional association of educators in the country. As the leading advocate for the schools South Carolina students deserve, The SCEA works to promote quality public education and to support public school employees.