Governor Nikki Haley previewed a new education initiative at a poverty forum moderated by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).
"Nikki Haley: in SC if you're willing to teach in a rural area for 8 years the state will pay for your education," tweeted Derek Kreifels, president of the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF) and Assistant State Treasurer of Kansas, who was live-tweeting the event.
"Gov. Haley unveils new education initiative at #KempForum16," tweeted Andy Shain, reporter at The State newspaper. "SC will pay tuition for teachers who agree to work in rural districts for 8 yrs."
Shain added that Haley is expected to expand on the initiative during her State of the State address next week.
"South Carolina's making education priority by paying teacher tuition who work in rural schools w/out raising taxes," tweeted the Generation Opportunity Institute, an educational charity that was co-sponsoring the event.
The Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity, held in Columbia, SC, was hosted by the Jack Kemp Foundation and co-sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and Economic Innovation Group.
In addition to Haley, Scott, Ryan and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the forum also featured a number of presidential candidates, including: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Haley, who some are touting as a possible vice presidential candidate in 2016, has been selected to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016.