Haley, Riley cut ribbon on Meeting Street Academy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and state Education Superintendent Mick Zais have cut the ribbon on a new building housing a private school in Charleston for low income families.

Haley says the Meeting Street Academy can be a model for schools across South Carolina.

The academy is supported largely by donations and contributions. It charges students a token tuition. In return, parents or family members promise to help the children with their school work and stay involved in the school.

Zias says the academy shows that low-income children can learn in the right environment.

Riley says the methods used at the academy can be a model for public schools.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.