COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WJBF) – South Carolina’s education superintendent says she does not support teachers rallying for better pay and smaller class sizes on a school day.
State Superintendent Molly Spearman said instead of attending Wednesday’s rally of teachers at the Statehouse, she will instead work as a substitute teacher.
Spearman said in a statement while she supports teachers advocating for themselves, they should not be “walking out on their obligations” to students and families.
Spearman joins fellow Republican Gov. Henry McMaster and other GOP officials criticizing the Wednesday rally.
Thousands of teachers are expected to march on the Statehouse Wednesday.
Rep. Russell Ott plans to speak at the rally. The Democrat from St. Matthews says he isn’t surprised some lawmakers are trying to downplay the rally and frustrate teachers until the stop fighting.
You can read the full statement below: