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Speak Up for Students Our Voice Is Our Power
South Carolina educators deserve the right to equal funding for their classrooms, equal funding for their students, most importantly their voices to be heard.
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2023 Legislative Agenda
At the 2022 Representative Assembly, The SCEA members adopted the following agenda for the 2023 Legislative Session.
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
- Fully fund Public Schools
- Fund the Outcome
- Prioritize the Classroom
Respect Educators as Professionals
- Provide Competitive Compensation
- Increase Unencumbered Time
- Reduce Burdensome Paperwork
- Produce a Fair and Equitable Contract
- Incentivize Careers in Hard-to-Staff Regions
- Improve Teacher Recruitment & Retention Programs
- Trust Educators as Education Experts
- Provide comprehensive benefits
Provide an Education of Excellence
- Increase Learning Time
- Invest in Student and Educator Wellness
- Invest in School Safety
- Invest in Early Childhood Literacy
- Support Post-Secondary Pathways
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.
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.
Duty-free lunch back on the menu
Minimum educator salary, bus driver pay, and supply checks increased
Voucher schemes stopped in their tracks
Defeat of anti-truth censorship bills
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.