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The SCEA at the Statehouse

The SCEA represents the interests of educators and students at the Statehouse.
The SCEA President Sherry East testifying on unencumbered time at the Statehouse

All students deserve an education that inspires them, encourages their curiosity, and prepares them for success. 

All educators deserve the support, resources, and time to do their jobs well, and the security to retire with dignity.

Through The South Carolina Education Association’s advocacy at the Statehouse, we work to create public pre-K-12 schools, colleges, and universities that are worthy of South Carolinians, and to build a more fair, just, and equitable nation for everyone.

 The SCEA's Office of Public Affairs:

  • Lobbies for state legislation that supports public education, educators, and socially just policies, and against legislation that weakens public education and social justice
  • Advances the The SCEA Legislative Agenda, our member-driven, member-endorsed agenda for what we do at the Statehouse
  • Strengthens relationships with key members of the legislature on both sides of the aisle
  • Prepares The SCEA leaders and activists to engage with and lobby members of the legislature
  • Provides updates on our advocacy and invites The SCEA members to engage with the Legislature through our weekly emails, Members Matter
  • Maintains the The SCEA Legislative Report Card, a rating of members of the legislature based on their education-related votes and actions
  • Works with like-minded organizations and coalitions that share our commitment to strong public schools and resilient public services


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.

Legislative Agenda

Our member-driven, member-endorsed agenda for what we do at the Statehouse
Honor Roll Banner - 2022 Legislative session

Legislative Report Card

To hold our elected officials accountable, The SCEA tracks how members of the legislature vote on our issues.
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Legislative Newsletter

The latest political insights that matter most to South Carolina educators & students

Bills in the Legislature

Learn The SCEA's position on pending legislation related to public education, and take action to protect our schools


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.