Education of Top Importance In 2020 Says Senate Majority Leader
COLUMBIA, SC — The South Carolina Senate today voted to set Senate Bill 419, an education reform package, for special order priority status by a vote of 40 to 4. Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey made the special order motion on the Senate floor on what is the first day of new annual legislative session signifying the Senate’s commitment to make significant improvements to the state’s K-12 education policy.
“Providing a high-quality education to children in South Carolina continues to be at the top of the priority list for members of our Senate Republican Caucus, and we sent a clear message of that commitment today in setting S.419 for priority status in the Senate,” Senator Shane Massey says.
Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Greg Hembree, echoed the importance prioritizing the reform legislation.
“The Education Committee worked diligently through the fall and winter of 2019 hearing from teachers, parents, administrators, students and the public to craft a quality piece of legislation with lasting impact. There is plenty more to be done, but I am pleased of the work of the committee up to this point and look forward to final passage of key reforms that will improve our education policy for years to come.”
Special Order votes require a 2/3 vote in the affirmative of members voting and present. The motion passed with a vote of 40 in the affirmative and only four members voting against the motion.