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March 3, 2009

Rex visits Dutch Fork High

Dutch Fork High School got a special visit from the state’s top educator on Thursday.

State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex spoke to Kelly Payne’s civics class, using the opportunity to discuss education funding in South Carolina, challenges facing public schools and his positions on issues currently before the legislature.

Rex told the class about a new pilot student-exchange program in which students in affluent school districts switch places with students in poor districts for a day, and offered the Dutch Fork students an opportunity to participate.

Rex’s visit was a unique experience for the students, Payne said.

“Improving education is one of the biggest issues we face in South Carolina, so it was meaningful for the students to hear directly from Dr. Rex about his vision for the future of our education system. It meant a lot to them that he took time from his busy schedule to be with them.”

Rex is the latest in a series of top state leaders to speak Payne’s students. Previous guests included S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Attorney General Henry McMaster, Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, State Representative and former Minority Leader Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Richland County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Benjamin and state Reps. Nikki Haley and Nathan Ballentine.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rebecca permalink
    March 6, 2009 12:49 AM

    I’m in Ms. Payne’s Class and I really enjoyed Dr. Rex’s visit. I loved the idea of the student-exchange program and from what I’ve been hearing, so have all of the other students. 15% of South Carolina’s population is illiterate and the drop out rate is 47.6%. That is crazy. The education in South Carolina needs to improve, and doing things like this will help those horrible statistics.

  2. Dominique Blasingame permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:52 PM

    I am a former member of the interact/rotary club and a dear friend of Mrs. Payne. I was not able to attend the class when Dr. Rex. However, i was aware of his new program that he has set up. I think that it is a great idea for the students of the more richa and the not so rich districts. I makes each district think about others and appreciate what their district has becuase as they can see not all districts are that fortunate. South Carolina is one of the worst states for education. With this program I believe that we will be able to turn it around.

  3. February 7, 2010 7:51 PM

    great post! thanks…

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