GOP hopefuls for SC school chief urge more choice

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The six Republicans competing to be South Carolina's top educator say they want to put more emphasis on younger students to improve graduation rates, but most are skeptical about expanding 4-year-old kindergarten.

Most also support helping parents afford private school as a way to expand education choices. Republican candidate Glenn Price stands alone in opposing that idea and pushing to start education programs earlier than ever.

Only home-schooling mother Elizabeth Moffly has run for office before.

The race also features former Anderson 4 superintendent Gary Burgess, Furman professor Brent Nelsen, high school teacher Kelly Payne, and Newberry College president Mick Zais (ZAY'us).

The winner of the June 8 primary faces 1 of 2 Democrats.

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