Published on March 9th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Meka Bosket Childs; Republican For SC Superintendent of Education
Meka Childs is a devoted wife, coach, mentor, and native South Carolinian. Meka is a former RichlandCountySchool District 2 middle school teacher, served Governor Mark Sanford as Senior Education Advisor, and recently resigned as South Carolina’s Deputy Superintendent of Education under General Mick Zais in order to seek the office of State Superintendent. Currently, Meka serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina After School Alliance and is a commissioner for the United Way Association of South Carolina.
After graduating from AirportHigh School in 1995, Meka attended DukeUniversity where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Public Policy focusing on state and federal agency management, economic development, and the economics of education.
Upon graduation, Meka spent several years formulating and implementing education policy at the local level for federal and local government agencies as well as nonprofit organizations in WashingtonD.C., North Carolina and South Carolina.
Returning to the Palmetto State in 2001, Meka began teaching in Richland County School District 2 at Dent Middle School. From 2005 to 2007, Meka served in the Policy Department of the Governor’s Office as Education Advisor to Governor Mark Sanford. Upon leaving the Governor’s office, Meka entered the private sector working with business leaders and members of the South Carolina General Assembly to anticipate the impact of legislation on the State’s business climate.
In 2011, Meka was appointed as the Deputy Superintendent for Policy and Research at the South Carolina Department of Education, reporting directly to General Mick Zais, Republican State Superintendent of Education. Most recently Meka served as the Deputy Superintendent over the Division of School Effectiveness. Serving in that capacity, Meka was charged with leading the agency’s efforts to work with schools and districts on educator professional development, educator evaluation, blended learning opportunities, licensure, and school choice options.
As a public servant, Meka has focused on ensuring that education policies are determined by parents, teachers, and local school districts and that the education provided in South Carolina not only encourages economic growth and business development within our state, but that it also provides every student, regardless of zip code, with the necessary tools to pursue whichever endeavors they choose. Meka will fight to personalize learning to the needs of each child, ensure that each student receives high quality instruction every day of every year, and reinvigorate community involvement in addressing the needs of children that cannot be addressed by schools alone.
Meka is a committed wife, a caring mother, and an upstanding member of the community. Meka is a member of BrooklandBaptistChurch and continues to serve on various community boards. Meka resides along with her husband and their daughter in RichlandCounty.
I pledge to you that as your next Superintendent of Education, I will fight to:
1. Bring Accountability to Every Classroom: Our education system should be accountable to students and the Department of Education should be accountable to taxpayers. I will fight to ensure that we focus on preparing every child for the future in an efficient and effective way. We must change the way we measure success in education away from meeting standards set by the federal government to whether or not we meet the standards of our students.
2. Individualize Education: When we give parents a choice in where and how their children are educated, we give kids a chance for a bright future. Parents must be empowered to make effective education decisions for their children, whether it be traditional, private, charter, magnet, Montessori, single-gender, homeschool, virtual, or one of the many other options we must be willing to consider. Our children’s futures are too important to take any reasonable options off the table.
3. Protect Powers Enumerated to South Carolina and Eliminate Federal Overreach in Education: Education is an issue best addressed by the states, but particularly by parents, teachers, and local school districts. I will fight to eliminate the federal government’s meddling in education in the PalmettoState.
4. Attract the Best Teachers for our Students: We must actively recruit top talent from across the globe and top graduates from colleges and universities to come to South Carolina. Teaching in the PalmettoState must be seen as a noble profession that warrants top talent by re-examining how we evaluate, pay, and retain teachers. Options such as performance bonus pay, geographical relocation bonuses, and high-need subject area bonuses must be considered.
5. Improve Opportunity and Community Involvement: With a greater quality of education comes a greater opportunity for success. I will fight hard so that every student and parent will be confident that the zip code they are educated in does not predict their ability to succeed.
June 10th – Republican Primary
June 24th – Republican Primary Run-off