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Bennett Named To Group Studying School Equity

Senator sean bennett to investigate state k-12 education funding methods

COLUMBIA, SC – Senator Sean Bennett, R-Dorchester, today was named to the Finance Subcommittee tasked with evaluating South Carolina’s K-12 education funding formulas. The four member group will begin to study and discuss how to best proportionally meet the needs of rural school districts as well as those fast growing districts. The group will first meet in Columbia on Tuesday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m.

As with a number of schools in South Carolina, rising population numbers has impacted Dorchester County schools, spawning requests for new resources to sustain the added growth. The appointment accents Bennett’s forward-thinking ability to investigate and identify gaps in equitable school funding, and unique perspective from a region of the state most impacted by increased population growth.

“I represent areas served by both fast growing, and somewhat stagnant school district populations,” Senator Sean Bennett said. “Given that, I understand the distinctly different environments from which these schools operate and the unique challenges each face. All children deserve access to quality education, and I look forward to providing input to reaching that objective.”

Elected in 2013, Senator Sean Bennett represents portions of Dorchester, Berkeley and Charleston counties. In addition to the Finance Committee, he serves as a member of the Banking and Insurance; Transportation and Labor, Commerce and Industry committees.