Voters to decide how SC Superintendent of Education is selected

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COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – On Tuesday, South Carolina voters will get to decide the state’s next governor, attorney general and state superintendent.

But voters will also get the chance to decide how one of those positions will be chosen in the future. It’s one of the ballot questions that could shake things up in the office of the superintendent.

As it stands right now, the Superintendent of Education in the state is decided by the voters, but come November voters could decide if that will process change.

Current Superintendent Molly Spearman was elected by South Carolina voters for the position. On Tuesday, voters will be asked if the governor should appoint the superintendent or if the position should continue to be elected.

The referendum also adds qualifications to the position.

“I think that people need to note for the first time there will be qualifications,” said Molly Spearman, South Carolina State Superintendent. “There are no qualifications currently other than being a registered voter and 18-years-of-age. Qualifications include a master’s degree in education or business, experience in those fields.” 

The ballot question specifies that the change would take place in 2023.
A ‘YES’ vote would be in favor of having the Governor appoint the state superintendent, while a ‘NO’ vote would allow votes to choose who they think should lead education in the state.

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