Group aims to better schools

Group aims to better schools

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It wasn't just students at class today.  More than three dozen parents, educators and community leaders toured downtown Charleston schools as part of "Education: A 2020 Vision for the Future."

"By bringing people together, we want to focus on what is going well for downtown, but also what we can do to make sustainable long-term change and impact for students on the peninsula,"  Coordinator Carol Aust said.

A group of concerned citizens created the grassroots campaign.  Their inaugural event included a panel discussion and tours of the Charleston Development Academy, Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, The Charleston Catholic School and Meeting Street Academy.

Some of the goals of the group include more integration and more parental involvement.

"A lot of parents think that in order to be supportive of students, 'I have to understand the homework they bring home,' but that's a very small part," Renee Jackson said.  "I think what's important is that parents instill and show their children what they're doing is important."  Jackson is a mother of a sixth-grader in the Charleston County Public School District.

The Charleston Charter School for Math and Science is awaiting a milestone, as it's high school students prepare to leave their mobile classrooms for a new campus.  Middle schoolers will remain in the mobile classrooms until a $7.3 million wing can be built.

"There's a lot of work to be done, but we're making the grade," Principal Michael Stagliano, Ph.D, said.

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