Nikki Haley on Education



Incentivize teachers to work in rural districts

We will aggressively start recruiting teachers to rural districts and, just as aggressively, incentivizing them to stay there. If a student agrees to teach in a challenged district for eight years, we will cover the full cost of their education at a state university. For recent graduates who agree to the same commitment, we will repay their student loans. For career educators who want to grow professionally and teach in these challenged districts, we will cover the cost of their graduate coursework.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature , Jan 20, 2016

Higher education system is flush with cash

I am not opposed to using South Carolina's bonding capacity to serve the most critical needs of our state. There are times it makes sense. But it is why I opposed last year any effort to bond out hundreds of millions of dollars to fill a wish list for our already bloated higher education system. And no one can drive the campuses of Clemson and others, see the brand new facilities and tell me that they represent our greatest need. That is not true of elementary, middle, and high schools.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature , Jan 20, 2016

Incentives for teachers, including tuition & grad school

We've proposed a new initiative that will help our rural schools get, and keep, the kind of highly qualified teachers their students deserve.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 South Carolina Assembly , Jan 21, 2015

Make a real investment in our charter schools

Every child in South Carolina learns differently, some more so than others. It is our responsibility as the leadership of this state to embrace that reality, not fight it, and give all of our children the chance to learn, to grow, and to thrive. And so the time to make a real investment in our charter schools has come--and our budget does just that. Charters are innovators--we need those fresh insights and ideas to help us improve our educational system for all of South Carolina's children.
Source: 2012 S.C. State of the State Address , Jan 18, 2012

Educate kids not based on where they happen to live

Our children are our future workforce, our future business owners, and even our future governors. The quality we give them now is the quality they will return back to South Carolina, the quality that will define our state long after we're gone. [Let's] reform the Department of Education. We'll start with the funding formula. We need to educate our children not based on where they happen to be born and raised, but on the fact that they deserve a good, quality education, and they are our future workforce
Source: 2011 South Carolina State of the State Address , Jan 19, 2011

Expand charter schools

South Carolina's 37 charter schools have successfully integrated themselves into local communities and successfully supplement current education options. While still public schools, these unique institutions have enough autonomy and flexibility to use innovative education techniques, provide outstanding education, and focus on specialized areas such as technology, math, and science.

The answers to expanding charter school use in South Carolina are similar to the ones for other public schools. These charter endeavors create totally new schools that have a modern mission and measureable goals in place before the first student walks through the door. This can mean fresh starts for thousands of South Carolina's students every year; this is not an opportunity we can let pass us by.

Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, nikkihaley.com "Issues" , Nov 2, 2010

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