Legislators meeting with CCSD Friday to discuss rapid changes

Legislators meeting with CCSD Friday to discuss rapid changes
December 11 12:46 2019 Print This Article

The Charleston County Legislative Delegation is meeting with Charleston County School District (CCSD) officials and some school board members Friday at 10 am to discuss the rapid changes being proposed for the 2020-2021 school year. The meeting will take place at the CCSD headquarters at 75 Calhoun Street.

Legislators have expressed that the number one concern expressed by their constituents lately has been the rapid changes planned for CCSD schools. The school board has already approved the closure and consolidation of schools in North Charleston, West Ashley and the Charleston peninsula. A Facebook group called the Charleston Area Community Voice For Education has launched a campaign to influence its 4200 followers to contact legislators about a plan to turn over 15 underperforming “Acceleration Schools” to outside entities.

CCSD would need waivers from the SC Board of Education to allow for these partnership arrangements similar to the one obtained recently for the Meeting Street @ Burns elementary school in North Charleston. The non-profit managing the school receives the per pupil allotment for its students plus an additional $3000 per student from the school district. Among the entities which have applied to manage the 15 schools are Phalen Leadership Academies, Noble Education Initiative, Metanoia, and Intermediate.