Templeton wants South Carolina grads to get hired by SC companies

Templeton wants South Carolina grads to get hired by SC companies
March 20 17:13 2018 Print This Article

Standing alongside two homeschool families, gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton expressed the importance of preparing South Carolina students for the high-paying manufacturing jobs being created around the state.  She said, “It’s time for South Carolina students to get the South Carolina jobs.  It’s time for us to enjoy our prosperity.” There has been frustration over Boeing and other high-end manufacturers bringing in workers from other states.

Templeton wants to see school choice opportunities continue to expand for all parents, stating, “Introducing competition makes everything better.”  She touted the steady increase in school choice applications in Charleston County, which approached 13,000 in 2018 for about 5700 openings.  That figure does not include statewide charter schools, such as Palmetto Scholars Academy, Oceanside Collegiate Academy and Lowcountry Leadership Academy, which don’t process applications through the Charleston County School District.

A staunch opponent of bureaucracy at the federal and state levels, Templeton wants to see more education spending reach the classrooms.  She said, “South Carolinians don’t like being told what to do.  The money needs to go to the students and not the bureaucrats.  Let teachers teach and principals lead.”  She also wants to see more emphasis on vocational and technical education opportunities to meet the needs of the 21st Century workforce.

Angela Muirhead, the parent of a special needs child, told Templeton about the lack of public school services for students with autism and intellectual disabilities.  Muirhead has created the Beautiful Gate Center in Mt. Pleasant, which will provide the therapy services for special needs students in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.  She believes that providing these students with functional skills will ultimately reduce the burden on taxpayers.  Templeton agreed, stating, “We need all children to reach their God-given potential.”

The primary elections will be held June 12.  Republicans who have already declared for the primary are Governor Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant, former Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill, and Greenville business owner John Warren.  The candidate filing period ends on March 30.