COLUMBIA — A former governor and two former state superintendents of education will address a committee that will make recommendations to answer the state Supreme Court’s order to fix South Carolina’s education system.

Monday is the first meeting of a 17-member panel created by House Speaker Jay Lucas.

Invited speakers include former Democratic Gov. Dick Riley, who served as U.S. secretary of education under President Bill Clinton. Also appearing are former Republican Superintendent Barbara Nielsen and Democratic Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum.

The state’s highest court ruled last November that South Carolina’s education system fails to provide opportunities for students in poor, rural districts. The justices ordered legislators and district officials to fix the problem but gave no instructions for doing so.

The committee has until next January to make its recommendations.