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Groups To Offer Clinic On Public Education At Burke April 30
Published:
4/20/2016 4:25:53 PM


Millicent Brown
 
By Barney Blakeney


As Charleston County School District officials consider various ways to deliver quality education to more students, a new group called the Quality Education Project will partner with several others to conduct an information clinic 12 p.m.-3 p.m. April 30 at Burke High School.

Quality Education Project Co-chair Millicent Brown said the clinic will provide information and explanations to help parents and others better understand the current professional jargon describing education initiatives.

“There’s a lot of confusion and terminology being thrown about. This is an opportunity to clarify some of the information being discussed about education reform,” Brown said.

The newly formed Quality Education Project joins the Burke School Improvement Council and Cradle to Career in inviting interested community members, especially parents, to attend the clinic whose theme is “Confronting the Choices for Charleston Children”.

The clinic will address the crisis regarding quality education and justice afforded to all children.

Among the presentations made will be Education as a Moral Movement, Defining School Choice, the History of School Choice, Privatization in South Carolina and the School to Prison Pipeline. On hand will be presenters from school districts where some of the initiatives being discussed locally already are in place. A two-hour strategy workshop about reaching all students and the resources available to them as well as how to engage parents will follow at 1 p.m.

“There’s no question Charleston County School District has to do better for its students,” Brown noted, “but first people need to understand the information being presented to them and how the success we see at privatized schools like Brentwood might be duplicated and applied at all schools without giving up the public governance of those schools,” Brown said.

“It’s the school district’s responsibility to provide quality education to all students. We want to look at what public education is supposed to be and how to hold people accountable. The district has some wonderful programs, but they only benefit a few hundred when thousands of students are underserved,” Brown said. “We must figure out how to serve the highest number of students in a system of choices where the choices are not always available to everybody,” she said.

Quality Education Project, co-chaired by Brown and College of Charleston Education professor John Hale, is about three years old and has the objective of identifying ways to support public education, Brown explained.
 

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