Nikki Haley Responds to President Obama Drop-Out Plan

6:16 PM, Jan 25, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- President Obama set his sights on improving education Tuesday night.

"When students aren't allowed to drop out they do better, so tonight I am proposing that every student stays in high school until they graduate or they turn 18," said Obama during his State of the Union Address.

But South Carolina's leader, Gov. Nikki Haley, doesn't completely agree, she said that's a task that's easier said than done.

"There's no state in the country that doesn't want to see their kids graduate the reality is what we need from Washington is flexibility," said Haley.

She says the suggestion isn't practical.

"We all know our states separately and we can't make them go to school we can't and pick them up and drive them there." she said.

Haley said the success of South Carolina children isn't just about the graduation rate, but about giving them options if school isn't for them.

"What we want to be able to do in our states is work on vocational programs, work on GED programs, work on technical school programs all of those things are what we want to do and we need the flexibility to be able to do that," she said.

Haley said the federal government should let the state handle their own issues because people in South Carolina know what students need better than anyone in Washington.

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