Rex told the class about the Teach for
program where the top 1% of Ivy League grads teach for two years in high poverty school districts. America South Carolina is in the process of partnering with Teach for next year. America
The students asked Rex, “How can we cut a path towards better schools? And what exactly do we need to change in order to increase academic achievement?” Rex surmised we need stable funding, smart spending, and the ability to reward outstanding teachers and replace bad ones.
Rex’s visit was a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet our state superintendent who is in his last months of serving as state superintendent, Payne said. “Improving education is one of the biggest issues we face in
, so it was meaningful for my students to hear directly from Dr. Rex about his experiences leading our states education system. It meant a lot to the students that he took time from his busy schedule to be with us.” South Carolina
Rex is the latest in a series of top state leaders to speak to Payne’s students. Previous guests this semester have included, Representative Nathan Ballentine, South Carolina Treasurer Elect Curtis Loftis, Richland County Council Chairman Damon Jeter, and The State Paper political reporter, John O’Connor.