Republican candidate for education superintendent Meka Childs has her first TV ad out where she pledges to "personalize learning to the needs of each child, ensure that every day each student receives high-quality instruction, and empower parents with more options."

The ad comes as the Republican candidates will debate tonight at 7 p.m. on SC ETV.

Childs is the previous senior education policy adviser to Gov. Mark Sanford, and a past deputy superintendent of education.