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Staying Power

STATE LEGISLATURES MAGAZINE | JULY-AUGUST 2014 They began their legislative careers in 1975—young, eager and committed; and their wisdom continues to guide them today. By Morgan Cullen 7/25/2014 “When I was first elected, race was the single biggest issue facing South Carolina. But that is no longer the case. Today, the main issue is poverty,” Matthews says. Both within and outside of the South Carolina Capitol, Senator John Matthew’s passion…

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Briefing from Senate Democratic Leader, Nikki Setzler on 4 Year Old Kindergarten

June 30, 2014 I’m proud to report the South Carolina General Assembly took an historical step this legislative session to pass a bill that would put into permanent law the Senate’s intention to provide four-year-old kindergarten for at-risk children statewide and to improve reading skills for South Carolina’s school children.  With the passage of the Read to Succeed and Four Year Old Kindergarten for at-risk children, the Senate made education…

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Senate Democratic Leader’s Statement on Final Passage of Read to Succeed/4k

June 5, 2014 Columbia, SC – State Senate Democratic Leader Nikki Setzler issued the following statement on today’s final passage of S. 516 – Read to Succeed & 4-year-old kindergarten expansion. “This is a tremendous step forward for education in South Carolina. Today’s final passage of 4k expansion and elementary school literacy programs is the culmination of a legislative session that has been focused on public education. The growing investment…

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Senate Democrats Applaud Funding For 4-Year-Old Kindergarten

June 4, 2014 Columbia, SC – State Senate Democrats today applauded the inclusion of $20 million dollars in the state budget for expanding four-year-old kindergarten programs for at risk children.  The budget agreement that passed the state Senate today is headed to the Governor’s desk for her review. The plan and funding, which has been championed by Senate Democrats, expands full day four-year-kindergarten to an additional 10 school districts for…

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