Representative Nikki Haley is one of the Republican contenders in the gubernatorial race for South Carolina. Haley was on a Charleston affiliate WTMA talk-show and spoke on matters at hand in the state. One of those matters is education. Haley says there are few education concerns on her mind and some education leaders want a monopoly and that is not the way it needs to be.
“We need to open the doors, allow competition and start paying attention to how we spend money in education. Not just the fact that we are throwing money out,” says Haley.
Haley says there needs to be some focus on teacher pay.
“The problem is because teachers are having to teach to a test. We need to be giving merit-based pay for teachers so that they can go in there and teach and we can watch grades go up and graduation rates go up. We teach these kids common sense, which is education, simple math, making sure they can learn a common skill. And, when they get out into the workforce we give them everything they need from a conscience to an education so that they can be good workers for our companies,” says Haley.
Among other topics, Haley gave comments on the recent string of tea parties.
“The thing that I love about the tea parties is I have never seen people more spirited about their government and I have never seen elected officials more scared. It is the way it was intended to be. But, I do think people are underestimating what the tea party is. It is Republicans and Democrats. It is people from both sides of the isle basically saying ‘this is our government, government was intended to work for the people and we need to take that back.’ I think this is where people are learning the power of their voice. We need to give them that right,” says Haley.
(Rep. Haley comments, mp3, 1:32)