The State Education Oversight Committee heard testimony Monday explaining the majority of public school students receive free or reduced lunch.
Ben Navarro of Meeting Street Academy in Charleston told the committee the need is a challenge for the entire state.
“Such a big part of the equation,” Navarro said. “We have 750,000 kids in the state, about 60 percent are free and reduced lunch.”
Navarro said that is a big task to challenge. “How do we move the needle for those kids? How do we not have it be ‘game over’ at 10, or 11 or 12-years-old?”
The South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC) is an independent, nonpartisan group made up of 18 educators, business people, and elected officials who have been appointed by the legislature and governor to enact South Carolina’s education standards and tests.
The committee works closely with members of the SC General Assembly, providing data and recommendations regarding programs, policies, and funding based upon the level of achievement for students, schools, and programs.