SC Superintendent of Education: 'I cannot support teachers walking out on their obligations’ to attend rally

SC Superintendent of Education: 'I cannot support teachers walking out on their obligations’ to attend rally
South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Just days away from SC for Ed’s #AllOutMay1 rally at the State House, the South Carolina Superintendent of Education has released a statement regarding teachers’ participation in the event.

In a statement released Monday morning, Molly Spearman said she “cannot support teachers walking out on their obligations to South Carolina students, families, and the thousands of hardworking bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, aides, and custodial staff whose livelihoods depend on our schools being operational.”

Spearman’s thoughts on the teacher walkout fall in line with those of Gov. Henry McMaster. The governor, according to his spokesperson, said last week that the rally would disrupt school and the schedules of working parents while sending the wrong message to students.

Officials with SC for Ed said more than 4,000 participants are registered for the rally.

In response to Spearman’s statement, SC for Ed released the following statement:

“We are very concerned about the repeated use of the word “walkout,” which is an objective mischaracterization of what teachers are doing. Teachers are taking personal and sick days that are part of their benefits package, and are using that to advocate for students.”
SC for Ed in response to Spearman's statement on Monday

The #AllOutMay1 rally is set to start at 9 a.m. at the Department of Education. There will also be a march to and around the State House. There will also be several guest speakers for Wednesday’s event.

After 12 long hours, we are done with our board meeting! Here is everything you need to know for Wednesday, May 1. #ALLOutMay1 To register: http://bit.ly/2V9uJPY

Posted by SC for Ed on Sunday, April 28, 2019

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