COLUMBIA - Two South Carolina lawmakers have started a petition drive hoping to change the state constitution to set higher goals for education.
The State newspaper reported that Democratic Columbia Rep. James Smith and Bowman Sen. John Matthews want the South Carolina Constitution to guarantee children a "high quality education."
The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that the current constitution guarantees children "a minimally adequate education."
Smith and Matthews hope to get one million signatures on their petition asking the General Assembly to let voters change the constitution.
A spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford, Joel Sawyer, says it would be hard for courts to decide what a "high quality" education means. Sawyer says it took the courts more than 10 years to define "minimally adequate."