Future teachers, education and policy experts to ‘grade’ Debate’s dialogue around education

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Candidates’ solutions for concerns of the classroom focus of student town hall meeting

South Carolina State University education and political science students will be among the millions tuning in for the first presidential debate of the 2008 cycle.    And on the day after the debate, the teachers-to-be will join former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges, current educators and public policy experts to “grade” what the candidates said, didn’t say—and should have said—on the issue of education.

With an eye to life on the other side of the teacher’s desk, the current students and future professionals will be paying particular attention to the candidates’ solutions for pressing education issues such as funding, salaries, and the No Child Left Behind Act. Five years after it became law, President Bush’s hallmark of education reform has the nation’s current and future teachers raising serious concerns about the law’s implementation and effectiveness.  It’s up for reauthorization by Congress this year with candidates for president who happen to also be current Members of Congress playing a key role in its future.

S.C. State education and political science students
Former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges
Dr. Judy W. Fair, school social worker, Richland County School District One
Dr. Margaret A. Felder-Wilson, S.C. State Associate Professor of Education, Humanities and Social Science
Kim Anderson, National Education Association Lobbyist
Sheila Wright, student president of The South Carolina Education Association

Student town hall meeting on education issues

Friday, April 27, 2007 
11:00 a.m. – Noon EST

Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall
Fine Arts Center
S.C. State University
300 College Street NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117

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