WHEREAS, one of the most important missions for our state is to produce well-educated children who are prepared to enter post-secondary education and successfully compete for highly skilled jobs in the workforce; and
WHEREAS, to achieve this mission we must be able to meet the tremendous challenges facing South Carolina's K-12 education system which include an SAT score ranking at 50th in the nation; one of the highest dropout rates in the nation - 57 percent of South Carolina ninth graders do not graduate from high school, making us next to last in graduation rates; and a significant achievement gap between African American and white students; and
WHEREAS, these challenges have not been overcome despite the fact that South Carolina spends more per pupil than the national average. South Carolina has also increased per pupil expenditures by 98 percent over the last twenty years which is the third highest increase in the country; and
WHEREAS, the state should comprehensively examine our K-12 education system in an effort to help to overcome these persistent challenges.
NOW, THEREFORE, I do hereby establish the South Carolina Education Reform Council (the "Council").
This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 28th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2005.
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