You’ve probably heard: 2020 is an election year!
This election (and every election), public education is on the ballot. From your local school board to the State House to the White House, candidates are vying to be decision-makers when it comes to our public schools.
In South Carolina, that’s a big commitment.
- 92% of our state’s children rely on public schools.
- K-12 public education funding makes up 38% of the state’s General Fund budget.
- Public schools employ 53,000 full-time teachers and tens of thousands of librarians, custodians, bus drivers, principals, counselors, and social workers.
Because we believe our elected officials should not only cherish but champion South Carolina’s public schools, Public Education Partners Greenville County, Richland County Public Education Partners, Spartanburg Academic Movement, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, and SC Future Minds are launching the Vote Public Education SC campaign.
Our goal is to encourage folks to head to the polls for the June 9th primary and the November 3rd general election – especially our educators – with public education top of mind. Be sure to follow our organizations on social media to stay in the loop as we engage future policymakers around the needs of our students, teachers, and public schools.
One last thing: we invite you to pledge to be a public education voter in 2020. After, please share the pledge with your colleagues, friends, and family and encourage them to #VotePublicEdSC too!
See you at the polls!