Next week, a group of education leaders from Dorchester School District 2 and other schools in Region 1 of the South Carolina School Boards Association will gather for a community rally to discuss education reform.
At 6 p.m. on Monday, officials from DD2, Dorchester School District 4, Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper, Charleston and Berkeley County school districts will hold the rally at Lightsey Chapel on the Charleston Southern Univeristy campus. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The event will be moderated by News 2’s own Octavia Mitchell.
Officials said at a press conference on Friday that they feel now is the time to speak up about education issues for several reasons but one of the most important, affecting districts across the state, is a shortage of teachers.
In a release issued by DD2, the district said, “School superintendents and school board members from the seven districts will attend the event that will take a hard look at how the critical issues of teacher retention and recruitment and inadequate education funding are impacting our school systems, businesses and communities.”
“Hopefully what we do here will carry on throughout the state and the other region directors will start hosting the same type of meetings in their regions and what a collective voice that would be in the state of South Carolina,” said Gail Hughes, a DD2 school board member.
District officials said that they are hoping to fill all 1,500 seats at the event.