Education package

After two decades, still brainstorming for education reform

The S.C. Supreme Court ordered the state legislature to provide alternatives to the “fractured formula” now used to calculate the funding of public schools. But progress has been slow in finding a solution to the disparities between rich and poor schools districts. We examine the workings of the South Carolina Education Policy Review and Reform Task Force.

Business as usual: Dillon educators look for a bright future despite lack of industry and inadequate funding

DILLON – Prosperity still eludes rural South Carolina communities such as Dillon, affecting the children who grow up and go to school there. Because industrial development is limited and jobs are scarce, funding for education is also strained. Educators and community leaders talk about the challenge of recruiting teachers, developing a strong academic program, and instilling dreams in students whose post-graduation opportunities can’t compare to those who reside in more affluent school districts.

Shawn Johnson pushes students to dream outside of Dillon

In January, Gov. Nikki Haley said she dreams of a day when a “daughter of Dillon” has the same opportunity as a “son of Greenville.” That vision can only be fulfilled with the help of those in the trenches putting in long hours with little recognition. Sean Johnson does just that. As principal of Dillon High School, Johnson has high hopes for the future of South Carolina education and does everything he can to give his students the opportunity to overcome poverty and the obstacles set against them. Story and graphic by Zach Newcastle. Photos by Rebecca Johnson.