Urgent: Tell Senators not to wait until 2022! Our kids need single member districts NOW!

Urgent: Tell Senators not to wait until 2022! Our kids need single member districts NOW!

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Single Member Districts NOW started this petition to South Carolina State Senate and

Superintendent Postlewait and CCSD Board members have been to Columbia to meet with Charleston Senators to weaken the single member district bill H.5034.

Senator Sandy Senn announced Friday that she has "filed an amendment that would phase in single member districts so that the Board is not totally upturned this year." If passed this would mean single member districts would take effect in 2022 and CCSD's MISSION: DISASTER WILL CONTINUE FULL SPEED AHEAD.

Senator Senn noted, "Should this amendment and the bill pass, and I hope it will pass next week, it will not stop the madness to West Ashley schools or to the many other schools impacted by the board’s decision to quickly upend the programs next school year. While we have repeatedly asked the board to press pause for a year to give parents time to adjust to the drastic changes, the board has thus far refused. Therefore, while I am willing to not force the board to go to single member districts immediately, the board has not returned the favor by creating orderly changes intended to increase diversity."

The Board continues to make reckless changes with almost no input from stakeholders. In Senator Senn's district, West Ashley middle school parents are reeling from the ill-considered planning for the merge of their middle schools into a building much too small for the student population. Last week more than two hundred seats were added to a corporate nonprofit partnership school before any public comment was heard.

Minnie Hughes Elementary in Younges Island will most certainly be closed if single member districts are delayed until 2022. St. James-Santee Elementary-Middle School in Awendaw is under threat of closure. North Charleston's W. B. Goodwin and Hunley Park are slated for closures to facilitate a merger into one mega-campus at Lambs Elementary. More than 6,000 students in Title I "Acceleration Zone" schools are vulnerable to corporate takeover partners (some of whom have underwritten board member election campaigns). Buist Academy's kindergarten, first, and second grade classes will be eliminated altogether. Mary Ford Elementary in North Charleston has been closed and combined with Chicora Elementary.

The Charleston Delegation has taken unprecedented steps to respond to outcry from constituents. They are the only check on an out-of-control board being influenced by corporate groups and billionaires. Let's thank our legislators for their persistence and remind them of the urgency of the situation. Delaying implementation dismisses our concerns- which are URGENT and IMMEDIATE- about the impact of Mission: Critical on our children.

Sign the petition to thank the Charleston Delegation for their work on H.5034 and to remind them that SINGLE MEMBER DISTRICTS CANNOT WAIT! THE TIME IS NOW!

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