Gov. McMaster and GOP Leaders Demand Schools Open for Face-To-Face Teaching

Jul 17, 2020

Gov. Henry McMaster at his Statehouse announcement on Wednesday, July 25, 2020. Joined by Sen. Gregg Hembree, R-Little River (center) and House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville (right)
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Education Superintendent Spearman, District Superintendents, and Democrats Criticize as Premature and Unsafe

While there appears to be overwhelming support to re-open South Carolina’s public schools this fall, the question of how to open them safely has become a contentious and highly political issue. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster this week said despite the growing pandemic in the state, schools must open, and that parents must be given the option of sending their children to school five days a week.

State Superintendent of Education Mollie Spearman, the three state teachers groups, the state school board association, and a number of democratic state lawmakers were critical of McMaster’s demand saying students should return to classrooms only when it’s safe, and the decision to open should be made by local school districts.