WHEREAS, the education of our children is an issue fundamental to South Carolina's future and its quality of life; and
WHEREAS, the State of South Carolina has taken bold steps in reform and accountability, the success of which depend on the quality of the teachers in our schools and the training and support they receive; and
WHEREAS, our State must continue to improve its primary, secondary, and higher education systems.
NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the powers conferred upon me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State, I hereby create the South Carolina Commission on Teacher Quality, which is to serve as a body for reviewing issues concerning the training, recruitment, retention, and continuing education of a quality teaching force. The initial members of the Commission are listed in the Attachment to this Order, which is hereby incorporated by reference.
The Commission for Teacher Quality shall be charged with the following:
It is further ordered that the Commission on Teacher Quality shall provide a preliminary report on its findings and recommendations to the Governor for his consideration and review no later than December 1, 1999, and a final report no later than September 1, 2000. To assist in the implementation of its charge pursuant to this Order, the Commission may create such advisory committees or subcommittees as it deems necessary.
This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 6th DAY OF AUGUST, 1999.
The Commission will be chaired by Senator Nikki Setzler, and co-chaired by State Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, and Larry Wilson, President of Policy Management Systems Corporation.
The other members of the Commission are as follows:
Clavis Anderson, Teacher, Richland District 2, Milken National Educator
Phyllis O. Bonanno, President, Columbia College
Elliott Close, Rock Hill business and civic leader
Dr. Leroy Davis, President, South Carolina State University
Joe Erwin, President, Erwin-Penland Advertising Company
Vince Ford, Vice President, Palmetto Health Alliance, Richland 1 School Board
Herman Gaither, Executive Superintendent, Beaufort County School System
Lawrence Gressette, Commission on Higher Education, former CEO of SCANA
Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes, Principal, Richmond Drive Elementary, Rock Hill District 3
Dr. Harry Lightsey, Commission on Higher Education, former President, College of Charleston
Mary Lostetter, South Carolina Teacher of the Year
Darla Moore, USC Board of Trustees
Alex Sanders, President, College of Charleston
Minor M. Shaw, Wofford Board of Trustees, S.C. Board of Independent Colleges and Universities
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