8 candidates compete to become SC schools chief

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Six Republicans and two Democrats are competing to become South Carolina's top educator.

The Republicans in Tuesday's primary are a former school district superintendent, a mother who home-schooled her four children, a college professor, a high school teacher, a band director and a college president.

The Democrats include a former federal education official and a college dean. Both oppose efforts to use taxpayer money to help parents afford private school tuition.

All the Republicans back subsidizing private schools except for high school band director Glenn Price.

The candidates are competing to succeed Jim Rex, who is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

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