ISSUE

Education for the 21st Century

Jaime is where he is today because of the power of public education. It gave him, a poor kid from Orangeburg, a route out of poverty. Jaime believes education must build ladders for other hardworking students to climb out of poverty and into the middle class. That’s why he believes passionately in investing in South Carolina’s schools and colleges, as well as our Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

South Carolina public schools are responsible for much more than academic development: in many communities, they serve as a source of mental health, nutrition, and provide stability that is absent in some children’s lives. Too many South Carolina schools lack enough teachers and resources to provide the basic opportunities students need, much less get ahead. Jaime is committed to ensuring that kids can get a good education, no matter where they live in South Carolina. That means that schools in our poor and rural communities get the resources they need for all children to achieve. It also means that the academic expectations and aspirations, even in our best schools must be as high as anywhere else in the nation.

Jaime will also work to ensure that there are affordable educational opportunities for all students after high school graduation, whether that pathway is technical school, vocational training, or a college degree. There are thousands of jobs that pay a living wage but are waiting to be filled because applicants don’t yet possess the necessary skills. Jaime will work to bridge that divide by expanding educational opportunities in South Carolina that match the 21st century economy.

Finally, Jaime and his family know the burden of student loans. Jaime will fight to end the student loan crisis in this country and make college affordable for anyone willing to work hard.