One of the issues that Governor Nikki Haley says she is set to tackle is education, specifically the funding of public schools.
In a recent interview with Columbia affiliate WVOC, Haley said she will be working closely with state Superintendent of Education Mick Zais to revolutionize the education funding formula to put greater emphasis on the student by giving school districts more flexibility and more accountability.
According to a U.S. Department of Education report released in July 2010 , there were over 8,000 public school dropouts in South Carolina during the 2007-08 school year– the most recent academic year with complete data. Roughly 200,000 students were enrolled in public high schools that year.
Haley said, in order to make sure that more education dollars are used efficiently in the classroom, South Carolina must get out of the school bus transportation business.
She also said the state has to start educating students, not by where they live, but based on the fact that each child is a member of our future workforce.
(audio courtesy of WVOC in Columbia)