CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina governor Henry McMaster officially began his first full term in office on Wednesday when he was sworn in during a ceremony in Columbia.
Governor McMaster is the first Columbia-native to be elected as South Carolina’s head-of-state in more than 100 years and promised Wednesday to push for education reform.
“We must also embark on providing bold reform: Reforming education funding,” McMaster said. “Making our schools safe with school resource officers and mental health counselors. Restoring old-fashioned discipline in the classroom. Common sense relief for our teachers from testing, forms and paperwork. Consolidating school districts and giving our state superintendent the authority to remove and replace non-productive school boards.”
McMaster also campaigned on the platform of having a trained, certified police officer in every school in the state as well as a coding computer science classroom.
“We must also commit ourselves to providing the highest quality education for South Carolina’s children if we are to continue to compete in the future for jobs and economic prosperity,” he said. “Being perceived as weak in education is not good. But, being perceived as not committed to fixing it is disastrous. We will fix it and we will keep winning.”
McMaster first transitioned to the role in 2017 while serving as the state’s lieutenant governor. He took on the top office when then Governor Nikki Haley became the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
“My game plan for South Carolina requires changing our offensive plays on education,” McMaster said. “It means putting a strong defense on the field that tackles regulations, keeps high taxes off the field and protects our environment like it is the end zone.”