South Carolina Superintendent of Education
|South Carolina Superintendent of Education|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$3,763,464,042|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||South Carolina Constitution, Article VI, Section 7|
|Assumed office:||January 12, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
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In February 2013, the South Carolina State Legislature began considering a bill that would make the position of state superintendent an appointed post. Currently, the position is one of 14 state superintendents elected by the citizenry. Current incumbent Mick Zais said he supports the change.
The current officeholder is Mick Zais. He was first elected in 2010 and assumed office on January 12, 2011.
Article VI, Section 7:
|There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Education, Comptroller General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and an Adjutant General who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, coterminous with that of the Governor. The duties and compensation of such offices shall be prescribed by law and their compensation shall be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which they shall have been elected.|
Article VI, Section 7 of the South Carolina Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:
|No person may be popularly elected to and serve in any office in this State or its political subdivisions unless he possesses the qualifications of an elector, is not disqualified by age as prescribed in this Constitution, and has not been convicted of a felony under state or federal law or convicted of tampering with a voting machine, fraudulent registration or voting, bribery at elections, procuring or offering to procure votes by bribery, voting more than once at elections, impersonating a voter, or swearing falsely at elections/taking oath in another's name, or has not pled guilty or nolo contendere to these offenses. However, notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, this prohibition does not apply to a person who has been pardoned under state or federal law or to a person who files for public office fifteen years or more after the completion date of service of the sentence, including probation and parole time, nor shall any person, serving in office prior to the ratification of this provision, be required to vacate the office to which he is elected. No person may be elected or appointed to office in this State for life or during good behavior, but the terms of all officers must be for some specified period except officers in the militia.|
- possess the qualities of an elector
- not disqualified by age as prescribed in this Constitution
- has not been convicted of a felony under state or federal law or convicted of tampering with a voting machine, fraudulent registration or voting, bribery at elections, procuring or offering to procure votes by bribery, voting more than once at elections, impersonating a voter, or swearing falsely at elections/taking oath in another's name, or has not pled guilty or nolo contendere to these offenses
Article VI, Section 7 of the state constitution stipulates the superintendent of education will be elected every four years, to a term of four year term. The superintendent of education, like South Carolina's other executive officials, is elected in mid-term elections: 2010, 2014, and 2018.
In the event of a vacancy the governor fills the position with the advice and consent of the Senate. The appointee must qualify within 15 days of the appointment or the office is considered vacant. Of a vacancy occurs while the Senate is in recess, the governor fills the appointment until the Senate can act on it.
State law prescribes seven general duties of the superintendent:
- 1. Serve as secretary and administrative officer to the State Board of Education.
- 2. Have general supervision over and management of all public school funds provided by the State and Federal Governments.
- 3. Organize, staff and administer a State Department of Education which shall include such division and departments as are necessary to render the maximum service to public education in the State.
- 4. Keep the public informed as to the problems and needs of the public schools by constant contact with all school administrators and teachers, by his personal appearances at public gatherings and by information furnished to the various news media of the State.
- 5. Have printed and distributed such bulletins, manuals, and circulars as he may deem necessary for the professional improvement of teachers and for the cultivation of public sentiment for public education, and have printed all forms necessary and proper for the administration of the State Department of Education.
- 6. Administer, through the State Department of Education, all policies and procedures adopted by the State Board of Education.
- 7. Assume such other responsibilities and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law or as may be assigned by the State Board of Education.
- The Division of Accountability provides leadership and support to improve learning outcomes while ensuring that federal and state accountability requirements are met through effective, comprehensive compliance monitoring.
- The Division of Operations and Support provides technical assistance, monitoring, and support to the state's school districts that are implementing support programs like health and nutrition, transportation, facilities, and medicaid claiming activities.
- The Division of School Effectiveness works to improve student achievement and school performance.
The budget for the Department of Education in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $3,763,464,042.
Refusal to report to BOE
A showdown between Superintendent Mick Zais and the state Board of Education began in early December 2011. Upset at Zais for refusing to seek federal grant money earlier in the year, the Board passed a rule that the Superintendent was to report monthly on federal grants available to the state. Zais responded by saying that he doesn't answer to the Board and would not comply with the rule. The board held a meeting on December 8 to resolve the issue, but Zais did not show. According to his spokesman, Zais was on a "long scheduled" vacation. The board said that if the matter could not be dealt with by December 23, they would take Zais to court.
South Carolina State Superintendent of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8492
- South Carolina State Department of Education
- Superintendent's page
- South Carolina Department of Education on Twitter
- ↑ The Herald "SC Senate Panel: Let governor choose state schools chief," February 14, 2013
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 South Carolina Code of Laws, " Title 59, Chapter 3," Accessed January 18, 2013
- ↑ Ed.SC.gov, "Accountability," accessed October 13, 2011
- ↑ Ed.SC.gov, "Operations and support," accessed October 13, 2011
- ↑ Ed.SC.gov, "School effectiveness," accessed October 13, 2011
- ↑ South Carolina Budget and Control Board, "Current Budget Plans FY 2013-2014," accessed April 9, 2013
- ↑ The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved April 23, 2011
- ↑ GoUpstate, "SC education chief says he won't report to board," December 6, 2011
- ↑ The Herald, "State ed. Board may sue Zais over reporting," December 9, 2011