Issue Position: Improving Education

Issue Position

By:  Peter McCoy, Jr.
Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Location: Unknown

Peter McCoy believes that a good education begins in the home and that our teachers should be praised for their hard work and dedication toward their students. His mother, father, and wife were all public school teachers in Charleston County. Their experiences have helped shape Peter's appreciation of teachers and the need for community-wide school support.

South Carolina spends $8.4 billion a year on education without getting the positive results to show for it. If broken down, this figure shows that our budget spends approximately $12,000 a year per student. By the time the money actually reaches each individual child, the money is closer to $3,000. That means roughly forty cents to the dollar actually goes towards our children's education. Peter believes that we do not need to spend more taxpayers' money on education. Rather, we need to maximize the return on the hard-earned taxpayers' investment.

Peter is proud of the James Island Charter High School and its accomplishments in becoming one of the highest-ranked high schools in the state. He will place an emphasis on high schools to prepare our students for work in the real world. With the addition of Boeing and wind-turbine facilities, there is a higher need than ever before for schools to offer programs geared toward preparing our students for placement in local businesses.

Peter is a proponent of school choice and the belief that parents should have a greater involvement in their children's education. Additionally, Peter will advocate to eliminate government bureaucrats collecting paychecks that should go to the classrooms.