COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's new Republican schools chief is heading to the Statehouse for a speech to members of the legislature.
State Superintendent Mick Zais is set to address the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
Zais is the former president of Newberry College and the first Republican in the post in 12 years.
He recently told The Associated Press he has four priorities for this legislative session. They include a bill that would direct school districts to spend local property taxes on students in 11 charter schools that currently get none.
Zais has planned a news conference later Wednesday to promote the charter school bill.
He says he also will promote bills meant to protect teachers from violent students and allow the governor to appoint someone to his job.