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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
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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.