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sign the petition Now South Carolinians can act on behalf of our state public school system. By signing the petition, you can join other South Carolinians in support of establishing “a high quality education, allowing every student to reach their highest potential” as our state standard for public education in our state constitution. This new language will replace South Carolina’s current state standard of “a minimally adequate education” established by the South Carolina Supreme Court in 1999. Legislation to change the state constitution must be passed by a 2/3rds vote of the Senate and House of Representatives in order to put the amendment on the general election ballot for public vote in November, 2010. Sign the petition today and encourage others to join this effort to uplift public education in South Carolina!

A JOINT RESOLUTION

S. 99
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 3, ARTICLE XI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE SYSTEM OF FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF A SYSTEM OF FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SHALL ESTABLISH, ORGANIZE, AND SUPPORT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING THAT WILL PROVIDE A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION, ALLOWING EACH STUDENT TO REACH HIS HIGHEST POTENTIAL.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION 1. It is proposed that Section 3, Article XI of the Constitution of this State be amended to read:

 “Section 3. The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free public schools open to all children in the State and shall establish, organize, and support such other public institutions of learning, as may be desirable that will provide a high quality education, allowing every student to reach their highest potential.”

SECTION 2. The proposed amendment in SECTION 1 must be submitted to the qualified electors at the next general election for representatives.  Ballots must be provided at the various voting precincts with the following words printed or written on the ballot:

 “Must Section 3, Article XI of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that the General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free public schools and shall establish, organize, and support public institutions of learning that will provide a high quality education, allowing every student to reach their highest potential?

Yes _____

No _____

Those voting in favor of the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word ‘Yes’, and those voting against the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word ‘No’.”

SECTION 3. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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STATUS INFORMATION

Joint Resolution
Sponsors: Senators Matthews and Leventis

Prefiled in the Senate on December 10, 2008
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Public schools


HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

 Date Body Action Description with journal page number (S. 99)
 12/10/2008 Senate Prefiled  - S. 99
 12/10/2008 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary  - S. 99


Date Body Action Description with journal page number (SJ-11)
• 2/20/2008 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-11
• 2/20/2008 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-11
• 2/22/2008 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Ritchie (ch), Ford, Knotts, Vaughn

View the latest legislative information at the LPITS web site

VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
12/10/2008 S. 99
2/20/2008  SJ-11

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