League of Women Voters education symposium to be held Thursday night
FLORENCE, S.C. – The League of Women Voters of the Florence Area and S.C. Rep. Terry Alexander will host an education symposium at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence.
The “From the Corridor of Shame to the Corridor of Fame Symposium” will feature a panel discussion on the state of education in South Carolina between Alexander; Molly Spearman, the South Carolina superintendent of education; Delia Allen, an educational consultant with the Riley Institute; Tammy Pawloski, director of the Center for Excellence at Francis Marion University; and Scott Price, the executive director of the South Carolina School Boards Association.
S.C. Sen. John Matthews also is scheduled to be on the panel. Matthews, a Democrat, represents Senate District 39, which consists of portions of Berkeley, Calhoun, Colleton, Dorchester and Orangeburg counties. He also serves on the Senate Education Committee.
Before the event, the panelists will be provided a list of questions that they will be asked by moderator Gavin Jackson. After the provided questions are asked, the audience can ask questions.
“I’ve been working in and out of education for the past 20 years,” Alexander said. “So I’ve seen what’s going on and what’s taken place. Then, being in the General Assembly for the last 12 years, I’ve really gotten a bird’s-eye view of how our educational system is going and where it’s going. My concern is that we have so many different learning systems — there’s private, charter, virtual, online. My interest then as it is now is to make sure that everyone is given opportunity to take advantage of these various learning systems that we have.”
Alexander said he wants the symposium to initiate a conversation about the educational system as it stands.
A small reception will precede the panel discussion.
According to its website, the League of Women Voters of the Florence Area is a nonpartisan political organization seeking informed and active participation in government.
Alexander is a Democrat representing House District 59, which includes a portion of northern Florence County and eastern Darlington County. He has served as the House District 59 representative since 2008. He previously served on the Florence County Council from 1990 to 2006 as the council member from District 3. He also serves on the House Education Committee.