Where the Candidates Stand

In an effort to increase our advocacy efforts this year we, in partnership with other school choice organizations, sent out a candidate questionnaire to candidates across the state running for general assembly and school board seats in upcoming elections. 

 

Election & Candidate Listing

Election Date Counties Seat Party Candidate Participation
1/16/18 General Berkeley & Charleston SC House 99 Democrat Cynthia Boatwright Declined

11/28/17 RUNOFF

1/16/18 General

Berkeley & Charleston SC House 99 Republican Nancy Mace Declined

11/28/17 RUNOFF

1/16/18 General

Berkeley & Charleston SC House 99 Republican Mark Smith See Response Below

 

Candidate Responses

Name Office sought What do you think is the biggest challenge your community faces in terms of education? What do you believe to be the most important thing the board can focus on to improve the educational opportunities for all students? Describe the achievement gap in your area and what can be done to improve it. The Education Credit for Exceptional Needs Children program serves over 2,500 special needs children in independent schools annually through scholarship tax credits and refundable tax credits. Do you support the expansion of this program to an overall tax credit cap of 25 million dollars? Do you support the codification of The Education Credit for Exceptional Needs Children program? Do you support state transportation funding for public charter schools and magnet schools to remove barriers for families to make that choice? Do you support school choice?
What do you know about charter schools and their mission?
Mark Smith House District 99
(Berkeley & Charleston Counties)
School Choice, ensuring each child has the opportunity to learn in the best environment available and decided upon by his parents and teachers. I believe the board would benefit by working to get more dollars in the classroom as oppose to administrative overhead. This goes back to School Choice. There is no one teaching model. We know that not all children learn the same way and that every child deserves the same educational opportunity regardless of their zip code. Yes Yes Yes Yes
They provide an alternative choice for teaching students, often providing a more personalized solution. We know that the one size fits all approach to teaching doesn't work and charter school are an excellent alternative.