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Teachers stand in front of the South Carolina statehouse dressed in red with signs demanding fair funding

Speak Up for Students Our Voice Is Our Power

We’ll advocate for fully-funded public schools. We’ll dismantle unjust systems. We’ll give our students the opportunities they need to succeed. Help us make it happen.
Liz Humphrey
South Carolina educators deserve the right to equal funding for their classrooms, equal funding for their students, most importantly their voices to be heard.
Quote by: Elizabeth Humphrey, School Technologist


The SCEA speaks up for the rights of students educators. Browse recent testimony and communication to elected officials

2023 Legislative Agenda

At the 2022 Representative Assembly, The SCEA members adopted the following agenda for the 2023 Legislative Session.

A picture of the South Carolina Statehouse is in the background. In front is The SCEA logo in blue and red and the text "Legislative Agenda" in blue and "2023" in red.

The South Carolina Education Association (The SCEA) believes that a free, high quality public education is a right of every child. Public education serves as the backbone of our state in ensuring the health of our democracy, development of our economy, and strength of our communities. To ensure that all children in South Carolina receive the highest quality education, the SCEA recommends that the General Assembly abide by Article XI of the SC Constitution and pursue the following actions:

Ensure Equitable & Effective Education Funding

  1. Fully fund Public Schools
  2. Fund the Outcome
  3. Prioritize the Classroom

Respect Educators as Professionals

  1. Provide Competitive Compensation
  2. Increase Unencumbered Time
  3. Reduce Burdensome Paperwork
  4. Produce a Fair and Equitable Contract
  5. Incentivize Careers in Hard-to-Staff Regions
  6. Improve Teacher Recruitment & Retention Programs
  7. Trust Educators as Education Experts
  8. Provide comprehensive benefits

Provide an Education of Excellence

  1. Increase Learning Time
  2. Invest in Student and Educator Wellness
  3. Invest in School Safety
  4. Invest in Early Childhood Literacy
  5. Support Post-Secondary Pathways

Click here to read the full legislative agenda.

Crystal Whitaker
I always try to make sure that I’m teaching my students how to make their community better. My students deserve opportunities for a good future.
Quote by: Crystal Whitaker, Teacher

Advocacy Victories

Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

We can accomplish so much when we work together and speak up for our students, public schools, and communities. Take a look at what we can do together.

The 21st Century


Duty-free lunch back on the menu

Unanimous passage of a 30 minute duty-free break for elementary & special education educators through S.946—the first state-guaranteed unencumbered time of any kind passed in decades!
A picture of three teachers with the text "more than praise...we all deserve a raise."

Minimum educator salary, bus driver pay, and supply checks increased

The higher of two raise proposals adopted in budget proviso 1.3, increasing the minimum teacher starting salary $40,000. Increased Bus Driver salary by 3% in 2022 budget proviso 117.149. Increase of the Teacher Supply checks to $300 in budget proviso 1A.9. However, as not all educators and school staff were guaranteed a raise, the fight for the pay members deserve continues!

Voucher schemes stopped in their tracks

Defeat of Private School Vouchers. Fought voucher schemes like S.935 and H.4879 all session long and won final defeat at the last hour through bipartisan agreement.
Legislators, ProTruth coalition members, and The SCEA President and members stand up a the ProTruth Press Conference. They hold signs urging legislators not to pass legislation that limits the history our students can learn.

Defeat of anti-truth censorship bills

Defeat of anti-truth censorship bills H.5183, H.4325, H.4343, H.4392, H.4799, and H.4605 and anti-truth censorship amendments to S.945. Members of The SCEA and ProTruthSC coalition partners across the state united to fight for truth and honesty in education. After many battles, we ensured this legislation didn’t pass into law in any form.
Pete Stone
A collective group like The SCEA is a proven, trusted network to support you in the ability to step out there and say “This has to change,” and you won’t be stepping out alone.
Quote by: Pete Stone, Teacher

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.