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Friday, May 24, 2013


Last night, the South Carolina State Senate, in a historic vote, finally took up school choice. The amendment was defeated.

Senator Larry Grooms, who authored this amendment, explained how his amendment would not take money away from government schools, and would help low income families give their children a quality education.

Nine “Republican” Senators voted to table the amendment, keeping school choice out of South Carolina.

South Carolina is one of the only states in the South where children cannot get tax credits for sending their children to a private school.

"Republicans" voting against school choice:

Senator Thomas Alexander District 1 - Oconee & Pickens Counties
Senator Paul Campbell
Senator John Courson
Senator Ronnie Cromer
Senator Wes Hayes
Senator Hugh Leatherman
Senator Larry Martin District 2 - Pickens County
Senator Billy O’Dell
Senator Luke Rankin

Last week, nine Republicans voted for an expansion of pre-kindergarten – the same universal program that President Obama pushed for in his 2013 State of the Union address.

Yesterday, eight of the same "Republicans" that voted against school choice, voted for pre-kindergarten expansion.

Eight Senators for Pre-K:

Senator Thomas Alexander District 1 - Oconee & Pickens Counties
Senator Paul Campbell
Senator John Courson
Senator Ronnie Cromer
Senator Wes Hayes
Senator Hugh Leatherman
Senator Larry Martin District 2 - Pickens County
Senator Luke Rankin

Senators will have the chance to pass school choice on Friday May 24, 2013.

* Revised from Club For Growth newsletter

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