COLUMBIA — Outgoing South Carolina Superintendent of Education Jim Rex is getting a thank you for his work.

Sixty-three individuals and corporations host a Columbia reception Wednesday to honor Rex, who leaves office next month after a single term as the state’s top education official.

The Democrat worked to expand choices in the public school system while opposing a push by some Republicans to give tax credits to parents sending their children to private schools.

Among the reception hosts is former Gov. Dick Riley, who served as the nation’s education secretary during the Clinton administration.

Money raised at the reception is being used to retire Rex’s gubernatorial campaign debt. Rex did not seek re-election as education superintendent but instead ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for governor.