DeVos’ Visit to SC District Might Save the Sinking Boat of its Education System

Betsy DeVos

This post was last updated on March 13th, 2019 at 02:03 pm

Amidst the ongoing debates on how to enhance the education system in South Carolina, the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has decided to visit one of its area known as the “Corridor of Shame”. Nicknamed because of its underperforming schools after a documentary released in 2005, the area is one of the several dozen districts along Interstate 95.

On Wednesday, the state’s Department of Education confirmed that DeVos plans to visiting three struggling rural schools and a technical college in Florence County. The visit comes while the Palmetto State Legislature deliberates over the ongoing teacher shortage and revamp the failing schools in the state.

According to the officials, DeVos will first visit elementary, middle and high school classrooms at the Timmonsville Education Center. Following which, a roundtable discussion between her and the state and local community leaders, including students, would take place.

The Deputy Secretary of Education Mick Zais and state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman will accompany her. Besides, Tom Rice, Representative for Myrtle Beach and SC Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette will also join DeVos in the tour.

The Education Department of South Carolina had declared a state of emergency last year for the Florence District Four due to its financial instability. The district gives space to the Brockington Elementary, Johnson Middle and Timmonsville High School. The veto occurred when the student enrollment in the district declined. At present, the figures fall somewhere near to 650 students.

Last month, Governor Henry McMaster in his State of the State address pledged that “the words ‘Corridor of Shame’ will be a distant memory”.

DeVos visit to South Carolina seems to be a first step in the direction of enhancing its education system and releasing it from its nickname. Her visit to the state on Thursday will be the first ever, since her Senate confirmation in February 2017. As the initiative looks to be great, the results are still too vague to be ascertained.

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