Education reform study committee holds hearing in Dillon

DILLON, S.C. (AP) — Educators and nonprofit leaders are among those offering their input on education reform as a House study panel travels to Dillon.

The task force created by House Speaker Jay Lucas meets Monday in Dillon. Invited speakers include a Francis Marion University director, Democratic Rep. Terry Alexander of Florence and current and retired district superintendents. Six others are listed to speak during the public testimony section.

It is the panel’s first meeting outside Columbia.

Lucas created the panel to answer the state Supreme Court’s ruling last fall that the state fails to provide poor, rural students the opportunity to succeed. The court told legislators and district officials to collectively fix the problem but gave no clear instructions for doing so.

Dillon 2 was among eight districts the trial focused on.

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