South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley wasn’t excited about President Barack Obama’s telling the states to raise the compulsory age. Last week she took the time to respond saying education starts at home.
There is not a state in the country that doesn’t want to see kids go to the age of 18 and finish school. The problem is that is not happening. We can’t have government go pick them up and bring them to school. What we can do, and what we want to do in South Carolina is give them options. Understand that it is not about kids graduating it’s about completing a child – whether it’s completing school, whether it’s GED, whether it’s vocational, whether it’s training. Make sure we have options so that those who don’t fit into that one pathway have other options. It’s easy to say we want all kids to stay in school, it’s harder to actually do it.
I think we’ve tried this for years; to say it is very easy but to actually do it we’ve got to put more into it. Options at the end of the day is the only thing that is going to work. Unless he thinks getting government to go drive and pick them up or doing something with their parents to get them to go to school this has to start at home. It has to start at home, they enforce education in schools or we have to have options if they don’t feel like they are in the pathway for school. They have to have other options like vocational or technical (training).
In another interview she said:
There’s no state in the country that doesn’t want to see their kids graduate the reality is what we need from Washington is flexibility… What we want to be able to do in our states is work on vocational programs, work on GED programs, work on technical school programs all of those things are what we want to do and we need the flexibility to be able to do that.
She then said that the Feds should let South Carolinians handle issues like these because they know what their students need better than anyone in Washington.