Education task force to meet on Erskine campus

Posted on April 22, 2015

aaaaaaCampus Memorial HallSouth Carolina’s House Education Policy Review and Reform Task Force will meet Monday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Erskine College campus. The meeting is open to the public.

Dr. Ashley Woodiwiss, Grady Patterson Professor of Politics at Erskine College, will offer opening remarks.

Named by Rep. James H. “Jay” Lucas of Hartsville (elected Speaker of the House last year), the task force is made up of lawmakers, educators, and business leaders, and includes representatives of the rural school districts that sued the state more than 20 years ago. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of the rural districts in November of last year, saying the state had failed to provide children with a “minimally adequate” education.

Invited speakers at the meeting include Dr. Ivan Randolph, former superintendent of Abbeville County School District; Dr. David O’Shields, superintendent of Laurens County School District 56; Kay Cleveland, Special Programs Director for Laurens County School District 56; Greg Tolbert of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate; and Dr. David Mathis, superintendent of Saluda County School District.