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Our Issues

We are active on a host of issues that impact our students, educators, and communities.
Teacher, Cat Holub-Ward with her students, The SCEA President Sherry East, and Greenville County Education Association President Terrell Brown at Monaview Elementary School in Greenville, SC.

Educating the whole child is about education funding, and it’s about so much more, too.

Learn more about what we're doing to improve the lives of our students, educators, and families.

Affordable Housing

The shortage of affordable housing is pushing more students and families into homelessness and making it impossible for educators to live in the communities where they work.

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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education blends academic and career skills with hands-on learning, giving students a competitive edge.

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Child Nutrition

Students need healthy, nutritious school meals that are free to all and prepare them for learning.

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Community Schools

Full-service community schools meet students’ academic and enrichment needs by recognizing that many students are coping with serious issues that affect their ability to learn and thrive in the classroom.

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Educators & School Staff should be treated as professionals starting from the date they sign their contracts. However, contracts for educators and school staff in South Carolina often offer no benefit or protection while allowing significant leeway for districts and administrators. This one-sided relationship in employment contracts with school districts must end.

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Early Childhood Education

Universal pre-K and Kindergarten give children the foundation they need for a lifetime of learning and success.

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Education Support Professionals

Education Support Professionals play vital roles inside and outside the classroom. They keep schools and campuses running and ensure students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

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Educator Pipeline

Ensuring that students in every community have caring, committed, profession-ready educators means improving strategies for recruiting, preparing, and supporting educators at all stages

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Freedom to Read

Books are for all of us. Everyone has the right to choose what to read. Censoring books denies students the ability to see themselves and understand our similarities and our differences. 

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Gun Violence Prevention

Students need safe environments to learn, live, and grow.

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Higher Education

Going to college should not mean going into debt. Ensuring that higher education is accessible and affordable to all Americans is key to our nation’s prosperity—and to the well-being of students and families.

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Homework Gap/Digital Divide

Too many students and educators don’t have the home internet access they need to succeed.

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Honesty in Education

All children deserve an honest education, and educators need the freedom to teach the honest, complete facts about historical events without political censorship.

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LGBTQ+ Rights

As Americans, we believe in equality and fairness for all, and together we can end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.

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Parental Leave

Schools can be tough places for working parents. Parental leave policies are part of the problem.

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Professional Pay

For South Carolina to attract and retain the educators and school staff, a fully funded investment in raises and fund step increases to year 30 must be made. 

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Racial and Social Justice

All people, whatever their color, background, or ZIP code, deserve to be treated fairly and with respect.

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Rural Schools

Schools in rural areas need reliable funding to provide students with the support, classes, activities, and technology that will ensure a well-rounded education.

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School Modernization

Many public school buildings are so ill-equipped or in such poor condition that they undermine teaching and learning.

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Special Education

All students deserve an education that sparks their curiosity and desire to learn. Special fits our most vulnerable students’ unique needs.

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Voting Rights

Whatever our color, background, or ZIP code, our vote gives us a say in the decisions that affect our lives.

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Vouchers take scarce funding from students in public schools and give those resources to unaccountable private schools.

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Workers' Rights

Educators and all public-service employees deserve to negotiate over pay, benefits, and working conditions, but they lack a federal law that would guarantee that right.

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Read Across America books are delivered to classrooms at Monaview Elementary School in South Carolina

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

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

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.