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Charleston Delegation Education Committee to Host Public Forum
8/25/2016 3:26:30 PM

The Education Committee of the Charleston Legislative Delegation will be conducting a Public Forum regarding education issues in Charleston County. Panelists include Dr, Geritta Postlewait, CCSD School Superintendent, Mrs. Dot Scott and Rev. Joseph Darby, President and Vice President of the Charleston NAACP, respectively; Mr. Jon Butzon, former chairman of the Education Network; Rev. Nelson N. Rivers, III, chairman of the Charleston National Action Network ; Mr. John Porretto, Teacher at Burke High School; and Mrs. Pamela Bryant, Parent of a high school student. Panelists will address specific issues currently being discussed in many communities.

PURPOSE: This session will begin a continuing dialogue with the legislative delegation regarding education and actions that the delegation can consider as it serves the broader community and its interests. Below is a list of specific items which describe our overall purpose.
• To present factual information on key issues of concern on education in Charleston County
• To hear community perspectives and concerns on key education issues
• To identify components of the key actions that the legislative delegation can address in the next legislative session
• To establish ongoing connections and conversations with the public around specific issues and the status of the actions taken

In addition to representatives from the Charleston County School District, key individuals in the community have been invited to address the delegation on specific issues. The audience will be provided communication tools to respond to the information presented and to add to the list of issues. Time permitting, efforts will be made to respond to the additional issues and comments. All issues and comments will be captured, reported and addressed in future public conversations.

Proposed Issues

• School closings
• Achievement Gap by cohort groups over the past 3-5 years
• Comparative analysis of student achievement in majority and minority schools
• Course offerings and student access to courses in the larger schools by gender and ethnic groups
• Staff representation by gender and ethnicity by school
• Reduction in force actions in the past 3-5 years by position, gender and ethnic group
• Plans for addressing the issues that affect student access and performance in traditional verses magnet and public charter schools
• District policies and procedures that create a disparate impact on people in protected classes
• Student discipline and issues around fair and equitable treatment and punishments
• Others … to be added

NOTE: At least two other opportunities will be offered to the public resulting in a report to the community and planned actions by the delegation for the 2017 session.

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