School choice proponents rally at the Statehouse

In this screen grab from a YouTube video posted by her office, Gov. Nikki Haley addresses supporters at a School Choice rally in Columbia Tuesday.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hundreds of students are celebrating South Carolina’s school choice options with a rally on the Statehouse steps.

The event Tuesday coincided with National School Choice Week. Students from across the state marched a block from a hotel to the Statehouse.

Gov. Nikki Haley briefly addressed the crowd and read a proclamation declaring it South Carolina School Choice Week.

South Carolina’s educational options include public charter, magnet and online schools. School choice proponents hope to expand on the state’s scholarship program for students with special needs. This is the second year that residents and businesses can claim up to $8 million total in state income tax credits by donating to a group that hands out the tuition scholarships.