SC GOP gov hopefuls back school choice, mergers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The four Republican candidates running to replace South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford promote tax changes, school choice, teacher bonuses and district consolidation to improve public education.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer offers a series of ideas he wants to test to see what can work best. U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and state Rep. Nikki Haley both say they first want to reform how schools are funded. Attorney General Henry McMaster points to the critical preschool years as in need of more help.

The candidates in the June 8 primary offered their thoughts during a series of interviews with The Associated Press. Three Democrats are running.

Some are detailed in their plans, others more general. But they all agree little can be done until the economy improves.

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