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Remarks by Richard W. Riley at the first meeting of the S.C. Education Reform Task Force

February 24, 2015
Richard W. Riley

Good afternoon – and thank you for this opportunity to make a few observations as this Task Force begins its important work.  I congratulate Speaker Jay Lucas for organizing this effort, and I thank all of you for being a part of it.  It is long overdue.  I know that Chairperson Rita Allison will give all a fair hearing, and I commend her for taking on this important work.   

The state of rural education in South Carolina is well-known to all of us – and our Supreme Court has issued a ruling that offers this Task Force a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape the education infrastructure in our low-income, rural communities. The needs have been established, and the Supreme Court has called for redress.

In my remarks, I will make five broad observations about the work of the Task Force, discuss the role of the State government, and then suggest some policy recommendations for your consideration.  

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