Smith Bold New Vision Plan For SC Senate District 7

  

So let's talk about the Fletcher Smith agenda. Going forward, I will be supporting legislation for economic development with an emphasis on minority set asides for Blacks. Women, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and moderate-income Whites. I will also be pushing an agenda for safe schools with a reduction in bullying, a martial arts program to teach children self defense and discipline during PE and more training for resource officers in the educational environment. I will also insist on a change in the teaching model to a more classical education which emphasizes logic, rhetoric, math, science, geography, technical skills, arts, creative writing, economics, civics, home economics, martial arts, cost-benefit analysis, speech and debate and geology. I want every school to provide an IB or international baccalaureate program for every student in the school with an expectation that every student can meet those standards.

 I also want to have a emphasis on the environment to protect our coastal regions from exploration. I want to protect our forests, and I want to protect our streams and rivers in this state from the polluters who pollute those streams through manufacturing processes. 

I also want to have a restoration of prisoner rights so that prisoners, once they serve their time or even if they're on probation, they can vote, that they will not be discriminated against on the basis of their prior status as a prisoner in employment and that they be allowed to have priority in getting jobs so that they can support themselves and their family so as to reduce recidivism. I also want prisoners to have a technical school education to train them with regard to a skill that can be utilized in the workplace, and I want emotional training programs that will probably deal with post-traumatic stress syndrome of our prisoners once they get out of prison.

 I also intend to repeal and replace earmarks and slush funds and hold both nonprofit organizations and politicians accountable for the way those monies have been spent or will be spent in the future if they continue to exist.

 I also want full disclosure of campaign donations every 15 days during the course of a primary election. I want full funding of infectious disease program and that it not be defunded in the future once this infection that is spreading across our nation has been reduced or eradicated because we need to plan for the future pandemics that will happen in this world. It's not a matter of if but when. 

I also want to provide a civil rights act against the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers in both the prison, detention center and law enforcement environment in general, and I want to make it clear that all lives matter including black lives, white lives, Asian lives, Hispanic lives and Native American lives. We do not have a life to lose. We should be in to addition of lives, not subtraction.

 I also want to pass legislation to prohibit cyberbullying in both the adult and children context. I also want to have two‑person consent for most recordings on telephones between persons having conversations with the exception of law enforcement and persons who engage in acts of violence with regard to partners or loved ones. I want to decriminalize marijuana. By decriminalization of marijuana, we can start to attack the minimum/maximum sentences that have put people in jail for periods of time that are irrational and not reasonable.

  

I am going to introduce legislation that prohibits any senator who is a loyal legislator from firing a magistrate simply because the magistrate makes a decision that the senator doesn't like. Those days have got to end. Magistrates must have the judicial wherewithal to make proper decisions based on the facts and the law without fear of political retribution. Now, our district had great leadership with Senator Theo Mitchell, Senator Ralph Anderson, and those two senators did a good job for our district. They were citizen servants, but somewhere down the line, we've gone from citizen servant to senators who want the people to serve them. Well, that's going to change. I am going back to the tradition of being a senator servant, not a senator king. I will not be dictating to the community as to how the community should act, but the community needs to dictate to me as their senator how I should conduct myself as their senator as I pursue public business. I am going to be for good government, not bad government, and I am going to be a real democrat, not a democrat in name only, not a democrat for convenience so that I can get elected to office. I am going to be a real democrat who supports democratic candidates from president all the way down to dog catcher. So my friends, as we head to the closing days of this campaign, I ask you for your support, your prayers and your vote.

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Fletcher Smith's Education Plan

A Bold New Vision for Education in South Carolina Fletcher Smith 

Smith's Education Plan

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A Bold New Vision for Education in South Carolina 

I listen to educators

Developed by The Bradley Group Consulting


 “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela 

 

Having an educated populace is essential if South Carolina is going to serve as a leader in the United States and in the world. Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States stated that, “in a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity--it is a prerequisite. And yet, we have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation. This is a prescription for economic decline.” We must use all the best information available to us to take bold steps in education to increase the number of well-educated South Carolinians. 

 

A focus on early childhood education 

 

“A child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.”  ~ Pablo Casals 

 

Early childhood is a period of profound advances in reasoning, language acquisition, and problem solving. A child's environment can dramatically influence the degree and pace of these advances. By supporting development when children are very young, early childhood development and education programs can complement parental investments and produce large benefits to children, parents, and society.  

 

The 2015 report, The Economics of Early Childhood Investments makes the following points: • High-quality early education for all would narrow the achievement gap. Overall, across all studies and time periods, early childhood education increases cognitive and achievement scores for nearly half the black-white difference in the kindergarten achievement gap. Since higher income children are currently more likely to have access to high-quality early education, expanding access to all would narrow the achievement. • Early childhood education can boost children’s earnings later in life. Long-term analyses suggest that early childhood education can increase earnings in adulthood by 1.3 to 3.5 percent. These earning gains alone are bigger than the costs of early childhood programs. • Earnings gains from increased enrollment in early childhood education would provide benefits that outweigh the costs of the program. Researchers estimate the gain in income for recent statewide programs over a child’s career to be $9,166 to $30,851, after taking out the cost of the program. If all families were able to enroll their children in preschool at the same rate as high-income families, enrollment would increase nationwide by about 13 percentage points and yield net present value of $4.8 billion to $16.1 billion per cohort from earnings gains alone after accounting for the cost of the program.  

 

Healthy school culture and climate 

 

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” 

~Paulo Coelho 

 

In today's diverse public schools, effective schools must provide strong functioning culture that aligns with their vision of purpose. Good schools depend on a strong sense of purpose and leadership. In order to build a culture that is integral to school life, school leaders must work closely with parents, students, faculty, staff and community in a common direction and provide a set of norms that describes what they should accomplish. 

 

A positive school culture is a place where efforts are translated into positive experiences for both staff and students. Success, joy, and accomplishment are all main features of a positive school culture. When a school has a positive culture, teachers are excited to work because they see and are committed to the bigger picture, and students are in a better position (mentally and emotionally) to learn. 

 

• Provide resources to continue data collection for safe and supportive schools. There should be an extension of the 2010 grant program that was used to assist schools and districts develop valid and reliable data to drive research-based prevention and intervention strategies and to support the development of positive school cultures for student learning.   • Expand resources to identified schools in support of the U.S. Department of Education’s School Transformation Grants that was awarded to the Spartanburg County School District Two. The goals of the program are to connect children, youths, and families to appropriate services and supports; improve conditions for learning and behavioral outcomes for schoolaged youths; and increase awareness of and the ability to respond to mental-health issues among school-aged youths. School districts also will use funds to implement models for reform and evidence-based practices that address the school-to-prison pipeline—the unfortunate and often unintentional policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially those who are most at-risk, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. • Better use of data from the South Carolina School Climate Score (SC-SCS) to improve school culture and climate across the state. Provide resources for comprehensive training for all schools to use research-based initiatives to improve school culture and climate.  

 

Free community college education 

 

“It is not right that with all our resources every young person is not afforded the opportunity to be the best they can be if they want to.” ~ Ludacris 

 

There should be increased funding for innovative practices and programs that produce recognizable outcomes in public schools. Special funding should be provided to support innovative programs that produces measurable positive outcomes for students who have traditionally not been 


well served by education (i.e. students whose families live in poverty, students of color, students whose first language is not English, students with special needs).  

 

Post-secondary education should not be viewed as an incentive for individuals but as an advantage for society. The more individuals who are appropriately trained, the more individuals who will be able to support a robust economy. 

 

If South Carolina is going to be competitive in the world market as many citizens as possible. In a 2019 policy brief, David J. Deming, Harvard economist and professor of public policy, noted that a high-quality college education teaches critical thinking and abstract problem-solving, and helps students think seriously about values and ethics. Rapid technological change makes these skills more valuable than ever.   

 

• High school education should be flexible and applied. Students should be able to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real world experiences through paid internships that also carry credit. • Support for existing partnerships and incentives for community colleges that work with high schools to provide students with school to work skills • Trainings, certifications and badges on contere your customers raving about you on social media? Share their great stories to help turn potential customers into loyal ones.

A Bold New Vision For Education

  

Having an educated populace is essential if South Carolina is going to serve as a leader in the United States and in the world. Barack Obama, 44thpresident of the United States stated that, “in a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity--it is a prerequisite. And yet, we have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation. This is a prescription for economic decline.” We must use all the best information available to us to take bold steps in education to increase the number of well-educated South Carolinians.

A focus on early childhood education

“A child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” 

~ Pablo Casals

Early childhood is a period of profound advances in reasoning, language acquisition, and problem solving. A child's environment can dramatically influence the degree and pace of these advances. By supporting development when children are very young, early childhood development and education programs can complement parental investments and produce large benefits to children, parents, and society. 

The 2015 report, The Economics of Early Childhood Investments makes the following points:

  • High-quality      early education for all would narrow the achievement gap. Overall, across      all studies and time periods, early childhood education increases      cognitive and achievement scores for nearly half the black-white      difference in the kindergarten achievement gap. Since higher income      children are currently more likely to have access to high-quality early      education, expanding access to all would narrow the achievement.
  • Early      childhood education can boost children’s earnings later in life. Long-term      analyses suggest that early childhood education can increase earnings in      adulthood by 1.3 to 3.5 percent. These earning gains alone are bigger than      the costs of early childhood programs.
  • Earnings gains      from increased enrollment in early childhood education would provide      benefits that outweigh the costs of the program. Researchers estimate      the gain in income for recent statewide programs over a child’s career to      be $9,166 to $30,851, after taking out the cost of the program. If all      families were able to enroll their children in preschool at the same rate      as high-income families, enrollment would increase nationwide by about 13      percentage points and yield net present value of $4.8 billion to $16.1 billion      per cohort from earnings gains alone after accounting for the cost of the      program. 

Healthy school culture and climate

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”

~Paulo Coelho

In today's diverse public schools, effective schools must provide strong functioning culture that aligns with their vision of purpose. Good schools depend on a strong sense of purpose and leadership. In order to build a culture that is integral to school life, school leaders must work closely with parents, students, faculty, staff and community in a common direction and provide a set of norms that describes what they should accomplish.

A positive school culture is a place where efforts are translated into positive experiences for both staff and students. Success, joy, and accomplishment are all main features of a positive school culture. When a school has a positive culture, teachers are excited to work because they see and are committed to the bigger picture, and students are in a better position (mentally and emotionally) to learn.

· Provide resources to continue data collection for safe and supportive schools. There should be an extension of the 2010 grant programthat was used to assist schools and districts develop valid and reliable data to drive research-based prevention and intervention strategies and to support the development of positive school cultures for student learning.  

· Expand resources to identified schools in support of the U.S. Department of Education’s School Transformation Grants that was awarded to the Spartanburg County School District Two. The goals of the program are to connect children, youths, and families to appropriate services and supports; improve conditions for learning and behavioral outcomes for school-aged youths; and increase awareness of and the ability to respond to mental-health issues among school-aged youths. School districts also will use funds to implement models for reform and evidence-based practices that address the school-to-prison pipeline—the unfortunate and often unintentional policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially those who are most at-risk, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

· Better use of data from the South Carolina School Climate Score (SC-SCS) to improve school culture and climate across the state. Provide resources for comprehensive training for all schools to use research-based initiatives to improve school culture and climate. 

Free community college education

“It is not right that with all our resources every young person is not afforded the opportunity to be the best they can be if they want to.”

~ Ludacris

There should be increased funding for innovative practices and programs that produce recognizable outcomes in public schools. Special funding should be provided to support innovative programs that produces measurable positive outcomes for students who have traditionally not been well served by education (i.e. students whose families live in poverty, students of color, students whose first language is not English, students with special needs). 

Post-secondary education should not be viewed as an incentive for individuals but as an advantage for society. The more individuals who are appropriately trained, the more individuals who will be able to support a robust economy.

If South Carolina is going to be competitive in the world market as many citizens as possible. In a 2019 policy brief, David J. Deming, Harvard economist and professor of public policy, noted that a high-quality college education teaches critical thinking and abstract problem-solving, and helps students think seriously about values and ethics. Rapid technological change makes these skills more valuable than ever. 

· High school education should be flexible and applied. Students should be able to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real world experiences through paid internships that also carry credit.

· Support for existing partnerships and incentives for community colleges that work with high schools to provide students with school to work skills

· Trainings, certifications and badges on contemporary skills should be provided for free through state community colleges

A Bold New Vision for South Carolina

Protect and Improve Public Education

Ensure Access to Affordable Healthcare

Protect and Improve Public Education

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Public Education is the foundation upon which this state's future is built. It's time for South Carolina to shed its past failings with respect to public education once and for all. 


Instead, I believe that South Carolina should and can be a leader in education and finally give all of our children the schools and learning environments they deserve. If we genuinely want our state to be a leader in attracting innovative companies and high paying employers, then it's time for us to invest meaningfully in our public education system. 


That starts with ending the disparities that exist throughout our state from school to school and district to district. Parents should be able to trust that every child in South Carolina will be allowed to develop in a conducive learning environment from teachers who are appropriately equipped to meet the challenges of a 21st-century classroom. 


As your Senator, I will work to (1) increase teacher pay and forgive their student loan debt; (2) increase funding for school bus drivers to make sure our children make it safely to and from school; (3) and connect local industries with our school districts in order to create a pipeline for good-paying jobs.


Reform The Criminal Justice System

Ensure Access to Affordable Healthcare

Protect and Improve Public Education

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South Carolina needs more good judges focused on delivering true justice. This requires seeing each person — from the victim to the accused — as a human being and treating them as such. For too long, our system has focused on retribution with little attention towards rehabilitation or alleviating the systemic issues that often create crime in the first place. 


We need laws and judges that will work to keep our communities safe while also recognizing that every problem can't be solved with unnecessarily punitive jail sentences. As your Senator, I will work to make sure our justice system helps more than it hurts and treats everyone with the respect they deserve as a member of our community. 

Ensure Access to Affordable Healthcare

Ensure Access to Affordable Healthcare

Ensure Access to Affordable Healthcare

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Affordable health care should be an inherent right for every South Carolinian. Our state laws, policies, and initiatives need to reflect that basic moral imperative.   

Create Green Jobs

Enact Sensible Guns Laws

Ensure Access to Affordable Healthcare

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 South Carolina needs to be a nationwide leader in creating good-paying "Green" jobs. It is time to embrace the future by working to create jobs in the wind, solar, and other clean energy industries.  

Protect the Environment

Enact Sensible Guns Laws

Enact Sensible Guns Laws

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We have only one planet. We need to heed the warnings that are all around us and finally begin to confront Global Warming head-on. Clean water, clean air, efficient personal and public transportation, protecting our public parks and lands, and providing future generations with an environment in which they can thrive all have to be a priority if we hope to improve our future.  

Enact Sensible Guns Laws

Enact Sensible Guns Laws

Enact Sensible Guns Laws

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It is time to have a real conversation about our state's gun laws. We can protect our homes and ourselves while also protecting our children and innocent bystanders. 

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