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SC Chamber of Commerce Weighs In On Comprehensive Education Reform Bill

January 24, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – SC Chamber of Commerce leaders today released the following statements on the unveiling of SC House Speaker Jay Lucas’ comprehensive education reform bill, H.3759.

“The state’s business community appreciates Speaker Lucas’ efforts to make education reform a priority this session. The Speaker’s bill works to address the key issues in education like teacher recruitment and retention, school district consolidation, workforce readiness, and early childhood education. The state’s business community is ready to work with our state’s policymakers to tackle comprehensive education reform this year. Our state’s education system must prepare all of South Carolina’s students with the skills needed for today’s jobs, no matter where they live or what background they come from.” – SC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Ted Pitts

“As the daughter of a mother who taught first grade for 40 years and a father who taught at Midlands Tech for 15 years, I believe it is past time for South Carolina to take a hard look at how we are educating our children and to commit to changing the system. The businesses of this state rely on a well-prepared workforce and we all look forward to working with the legislature to enact many of the changes in Speaker Lucas’ bill.” – SC Chamber of Commerce Chair and Nephron Pharmaceuticals President and CEO, Lou Kennedy

“I have been involved in our state education system for over 15 years and have not seen a bill of this depth and scope in decades. This scale of reform is needed now more than ever and I look forward to studying the bill in more detail. I thank Speaker Lucas for his commitment to reforming education in this state.” BB&T South Carolina Regional President, Mike Brenan

“As a member of both the SC State Workforce Development Board and the Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council, I am pleased to see Speaker Lucas’ bill take on important issues like school district consolidation and increasing access to technical schools to fill available jobs.” – Robinson Bradshaw Shareholder and Past SC Chamber Education and Workforce Development Committee Chair, Stephen Cox

Contact: Katie Titus, Director of Communications and Government Affairs Manager, 916-996-2015, katie.titus@scchamber.net

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