Lowcountry Black Parents Association holds town hall ahead of $ 31 million proposal
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The Lowcountry Black Parents Association has hosted a town hall to help educate parents in the Charleston County School District ahead of a final decision on the proposed plan for Reimagine Schools next week.
The virtual meeting, held on Wednesday evening, discussed the proposal, which was presented to the district board in December by the Coastal Community Foundation, a local non-profit organization.
“All of a sudden there’s a $ 31 million proposal that’s on the table,” said Eric Jackson, co-founder of Lowcountry Black Parents Association, “and everyone got confused, wondering. “What is really going on? “
If the plan is approved, the school board will spend more than $ 31 million over 10 years to enable the non-profit organization to help more than 20 struggling schools in the district.
Lowcountry Black Parents Association co-founder AJ Davis said he was not against innovative approaches to improve education. However, he said the community must be involved in these discussions.
“Any initiative to improve education must, keyword must, be done with the community, not with it,” Davis said.
In a statement, the Coastal Community Foundation said in part:
“If the proposal is approved on Monday, it just begins a process of appointing community members to commissions and collecting community feedback on what is and is not working in their schools. All district residents in these areas would be invited and encouraged to give their views and contribute. “
During the town hall meeting, one man commented, “We don’t need to hand over control of 23 more schools to a private organization. “
Davis, meanwhile, said the public had not been made aware of how the proposal, which uses emergency aid funds from the federal government, came about.
“The misstep is that such a broad and broad proposal was made in a way that was unknown to the general public,” Davis said.
The Charleston County School Board agreed to make a final decision on the Reimagine Schools proposal at a special meeting called Monday.
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