SC Dems running for schools chief oppose vouchers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The two men competing for the Democratic nomination to run South Carolina's public schools oppose efforts to use taxpayer money to help parents afford private school tuition.

Frank Holleman is a Greenville attorney. The 64-year-old served as deputy U.S. secretary of education under President Bill Clinton. He wants to more closely link high schools with colleges for dual credit courses, and match students at risk of dropping out to a college or apprenticeship.

Tom Thompson is a dean at South Carolina State University. The 60-year-old career educator wants to expand arts education and other programs to broaden students' experiences.

The winner of their June 8 primary will face 1 of 6 Republicans in November. Incumbent Jim Rex is running for governor.

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