Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is wading into a roiling debate over education in the early voting state of South Carolina, calling it imperative to give public school teachers the support they need to be effective educators.
The senator from California said during a roundtable discussion in West Columbia on Tuesday that teachers “must be part of the conversation” about making education reforms.
Harris spoke a day ahead of a rally expected to draw thousands of teachers out of the classrooms and to the steps of the Statehouse in Columbia. Districts across the state called off classes for Wednesday, saying they wouldn’t have enough educators on hand to maintain order.
Harris called for immediate federal investment toward closing the teacher pay gap in her first policy proposal unveiled this year.