School board members to fight provisions in education bill

Cheryl Y. Harris (center), President of the South Carolina Caucus of Black School Board Members, held a press conference on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the State House to address their concerns about Senate Bill S.419. The group is against provisions in the bill that would allow the state superintendent of education to dissolve a school board and take over a district if it underperforms for three consecutive years, it loses accreditation or if there is financial mismanagement. The SCCBSCM says that legislation would unfairly target majority-Black school districts. Last week, the SC School Boards Association said that the legislation would violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act because it would disproportionately affect Black-majority districts.

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