After a failed referendum last month, some South Carolina lawmakers want to retry appointing the state’s education superintendent.
According to The Post and Courier, the lawmakers would like to get the measure back on the ballot again in 2020.
State Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken, and State Rep. Micah Caskey, R-Lexington, have prefiled bills for the next session that would put the question back on the ballot.
Supporters feel many voters do not know who the superintendent is, noting that the Democratic nominee in 2018 was a convicted felon legally barred from holding the office. By making the post instead appointed by the governor, they hope voters hold a better-known individual responsible for the state’s education performance.
But some state lawmakers feel putting back on a referendum two years after it was shot down by voters is too soon, particularly after education groups strongly advocated against the change.
More than 60 percent of voters in November rejected the idea of having the governor appoint the education superintendent.