Today, the South Carolina Education Association officially endorsed Marlon Kimpson for State Senate in district 42. The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, August 13 2013.
Attached and below is today’s news release from SC Education Association President Jackie B. Hicks.
CONTACT: Jackie B. Hicks
DATE: August 6, 2013
The SCEA Recommends Marlon Kimpson for Senate District 42
Columbia, SC- Today, Jackie B. Hicks, president of The SCEA, and the Charleston County Education Association announced that they are recommending Marlon Kimpson for Senate District 42 in the August 13 Democratic primary elections.
Mrs. Hicks said, “Mr. Kimpson has been a strong advocate for public education his entire life. Maybe that’s because both of his parents were committed educators in this state. His father, Milton worked with former Governor Dick Riley in passing the Education Improvement Act, which increased funding for public education with the penny sales tax. And his mother, Wilhelmina, served as a public school teacher and administrator for more than 40 years.”
“We were impressed with Mr. Kimpson’s call to increase education funding and teacher pay. He knows that our schools are broadly in need of more resources and finds it completely unacceptable that our funding per child is less than what is required by law. He advocates an increase in teacher pay to help attract and keep quality educators in our classrooms. We appreciate that he knows performance scores capture only a fraction of the factors affecting a classroom when pay for performance or merit pay plans are being considered,” said Hicks.
“The selection process is a fair and open one,” Hicks continued.
The SCEA sends all candidates a questionnaire regarding their positions on issues important to the members of The SCEA. The association then invites candidates for the S.C. General Assembly to be interviewed by a committee composed of representatives from the local education associations from the candidate’s district.
After considering a candidate’s questionnaire and interview, the interview committee recommends candidates to The SCEA Fund for Children and Public Education Council.