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SCFM Statement on Public Education Reform by Speaker Jay Lucas

South Carolina Future Minds, a statewide, business-led nonprofit investing in public education as a driver of economic and social progress, commends the work of SC House Speaker Jay Lucas in proposing comprehensive public education reform that will improve conditions of our schools, strengthen outcomes for our students, and ultimately accelerate South Carolina’s economic growth.

“South Carolina’s public schools are an integral asset in supporting our communities as well as sustaining the state’s continued economic vitality,” said David Cote, Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and Chair of the SC Future Minds board. “As the General Assembly tackles the many interventions needed to improve public education, SC Future Minds stands ready to support smart policies that will empower our educators and improve student outcomes across the state.”

SC Future Minds’ research-based advocacy initiative, Education for the Economy (E4E), seeks to convene stakeholders and advance policies for the good of the state’s public school students and its business community. By aligning the needs of South Carolina’s educators and its major employers, E4E promotes reforms, like improved teacher compensation and stronger early childhood interventions, that meet the short-term needs of our schools as well as the long-term needs of our businesses.

“We are encouraged by the General Assembly’s attention to public education, an issue that has plagued our state for too long and also presents no easy answers. The path to a stronger South Carolina runs directly through our public schools, and SC Future Minds looks forward to supporting Speaker Lucas and his colleagues as they advance reforms for our educators and students,” said Patrick White, an executive with Comporium in Fort Mill, Vice Chair of SCFM, and former Chair of the Fort Mill School board.

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