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Florence County representative holding education symposium

Florence County State Representative Terry Alexander is hosting the Pee Dee Education Symposium: "From Minimum Adequate to Maximum Excellence"(WPDE)

Florence County State Representative Terry Alexander is hosting the Pee Dee Education Symposium: "From Minimum Adequate to Maximum Excellence" on Aug. 2, 2018 at the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence.

Alexander is hosting the event along with the League of Women Voters of the Florence Area.

The reception will commence at 5:45 p.m. and the symposium is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

"For many years now, I have seen the demise of public education taking center stage and a public image smear campaign by many detractors. It is my belief that our 'learning systems' have much to be desired, and at the same time, offer so much to so many of our students. I believe it is imperative that we begin a conversation to help move our 'learning systems' forward so that every child might have the same opportunity. In my mind’s eye, we have created several 'learning systems' in this state: traditional public education, charter schools (both public and private) and virtual schools. For the record, I am not opposed to any of them, nor am I advocating one over the other. I do think, however, that it is something that we must put our arms around and make sure that each system works for every student," said Alexander.

Guest panelists and speakers for the education symposium include the following:

Honorable Ms. Molly Spearman, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education; the Honorable Senator John Matthews - District 39, South Carolina Senate Education Committee; Dr. Delia B. Allen, Riley Institute Education Consultant; Mr. Scott T. Price, Executive Director --South Carolina School Boards Association and a Representative from The Center for Excellence at Francis Marion University.

Gavin Jackson from South Carolina ETV will serve as the moderator for this event.

Alexander believes the symposium will prove to help improve the public education system so that all students get more than a minimally adequate education.

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