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Education hopefuls spar over school choice

Apr 13, 2010 11:40:00 PM - thestate.com
Six candidates for state superintendent of education outlined their positions on issues ranging from financing of education to vouchers to school accountability in a forum Tuesday night at Furman University.

Three Republicans, two Democrats and a Libertarian addressed a crowd heavy with Furman education majors, who gave most of their applause to the two local candidates - former U.S. Deputy Superintendent of Education Frank Holleman of Greenville and Furman political science professor Brent Nelson.

Holleman, who faces former S.C. State dean Tom Thompson for the Democratic nomination, drew the loudest applause in defending his opposition to vouchers after Nelson questioned whether the state needs to elect "someone deeply invested in the status quo."

"I've been working to reform public education for years," he said, "working, not just talking about it when I'm running for state superintendent."

Nelson said he would work to create more individualized educational opportunities for students across the state, such as Greenville County Schools offers with charter schools, magnet schools and special programs.

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