SC bill would alter how state superintendent is chosen

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February 15, 2013

South Carolina

By Geoff Pallay

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: A bill approved yesterday in the State Senate Judiciary Committee would amend the South Carolina Constitution to alter how the state superintendent is chosen.[1]

Currently, voters choose the superintendent in partisan elections every four years. The legislation, if approved, would allow the Governor to appoint the state superintendent of education.

South Carolina is one of 14 states that currently select its state superintendent via elections.

Both Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and current education superintendent Mick Zais (R) support the plan. Last year, a similar bill was passed out of the state house but failed in the Senate.[1]

Currently, an election is scheduled to take place in 2014 to elect a state superintendent. However, if this legislation is approved, that election would likely then be scrapped. Zais is currently planning to run for re-election.

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