Sanford invited to tour Dillon school in Obama's speech

Governor Mark Sanford

COLUMBIA — Gov. Mark Sanford was invited Thursday by one of his chief legislative critics to visit one of South Carolina's most rundown schools.

Following J.V. Martin Junior High School eighth-grader Ty'Sheoma Bethea's time in the spotlight earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader John Land of Manning asked Sanford to stop by the school.

If the school is worthy of President Obama's attention, it should be worthy of the governor's, Land said.

Sanford press secretary Joel Sawyer said the Republican governor is acutely aware of the problems facing South Carolina schools, and has spent his tenure in office fighting to change those conditions.

Read more in tomorrow's editions of The Post and Courier.