On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, I want to commend Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait and the Board of Trustees for a recently approved “down payment” in support of equity.

As many readers know, TCCC has publicized our profound dissatisfaction with the status quo in public education in the tri-county region. We view it as “systems failure” — no one’s fault, but everyone’s responsibility.

The weight of this failure falls heaviest on the shoulders of students of color and of poverty, and we have called upon business, civic and faith leaders to demand better for our children.

The recently approved 2019 fiscal year school district budget includes $3.1 million in incentive compensation for teachers to teach in our most challenging schools.

In combination with a grant from the Trident United Way supporting all four districts, this budget also calls for significant additional investment in early reading from pre-K to third grade, directed primarily at those who are farthest behind.

For equity to have meaning, resources (money and educator talent) need to flow to those who need them the most.

This step by CCSD leadership under very tight fiscal constraints is one of several that will be necessary if reforming the system is to be accomplished “from the inside out.”

Working together, the four school superintendents are also far along in creating a center for the professional development of aspiring principals.

Let this be the next step on the road to reforming the system in the interests of all children.

John C. Read

Chief Executive Officer

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Rivers Avenue

North Charleston