Charleston Chamber tracks education reform bill

The education reform bill seeks to place experienced professionals in hard-to-fill instructor roles like welding.   File photo

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is keeping the community abreast with the movement of the 84-page bill on education reform.

According to the Chamber’s The Advocates, the bill underlines the significance of reading proficiency by third grade and would hold students from grade promotion until they are proficient readers. It also creates a “Student’s Bill of Rights” stating that each South Carolina student deserves access to qualified teachers, excellent leadership in schools, and a system that focuses on the success of all students, and would form a committee which would recommend further education improvements. 

At the same time, the bill would also allow high-performing schools to employ industry specialists without a teaching certification to consist of up to 25 percent of the faculty. The goal is to get more experienced professionals in the hard-to-fill instructor roles like computer science, HVAC, engineering, welding and others.

The Chamber will closely monitor the progress of each meeting and update the community on the bill’s progress.

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