School privatization opponents to host April 30 workshop

Teacher Jennifer Detwiler works with her kindergarten class on reading skills at Meeting Street Elementary @Brentwood, a public school under private management in an impoverished section of North Charleston.

Local opponents of the school privatization and charter movement will hold a public clinic and workshop Saturday at Burke High School on the negative impacts of privatization in education and school choice in Charleston County.

The event, “Confronting the Choices of all Children,” hosted by the Quality Education Project, will include presentations by the Rev. Betty Deas Clark, pastor of Emanuel AME Church, and local civil rights activist Millicent Brown, one of two black students who integrated Charleston public schools in 1963.

“We feel like there’s a lot of misinformation,” said Jon Hale, a College of Charleston professor and co-founder of QEP, regarding charter schools and public-private partnerships, such as the Charleston County School District’s agreement with Meeting Street Schools.

The public workshop is free to attend and will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Burke High, 244 President St.

Reach Deanna Pan at 843-937-5764.