We work to identify, elect, and support qualified, competent Charleston County School Board members in order to address issues faced by public schools across the district.

All Charleston kids deserve great public schools, no matter their zip code.

Every student deserves a quality education. As parents, educators, and community members, we’re coming together to identify and support qualified and visionary School Board candidates. We want to make real, lasting change happen in our school district, improving the standard of education for all kids.

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Charleston County deserves a qualified and dedicated School Board. Let's hold them accountable for improving our schools. 


HOW the school board works

How is a School Board member elected? How many Board members are there? Learn more about the Charleston County School Board, its current challenges, and its role in educating students.

why board leadership matters

Did you know that the School Board is responsible for managing the $920 million education budget for Charleston County? See why qualified individuals are needed for our Charleston County School Board.


We're working to identify visionary candidates for the School Board and support them in their election to serve. Get to know our 2018 School Board candidates!


Our Mission

We're on a mission to spark real and lasting change in our school district—improving our schools and bringing more opportunities to our students.

We're rallying the community around our vision: School Board Members urgently focused on ensuring excellent public schools for every family.

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Every child deserves a great education.

In Charleston County, 80% of African American third graders are not reading on grade level, while fewer than 40% of all 8th grade students are proficient in math. More than half of our schools will be rated “below average” or “unsatisfactory” on state report cards. The crisis is clear, and the neglect of our students requires our unwavering focus.



Dollars managed by Charleston County school board members

As voters, we must elect Board members qualified to balance this budget. Join us in supporting candidates ready for this challenge.


Students in schools failing to get grade-level performance from most students

The Board is renowned for dysfunction and petty politics, while our students wait for change. We can change this by supporting and electing Board leaders committed to change.


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Failing schools are keeping thousands of kids in our state from reaching their potential. We must advocate for attention to our broken school system.

Meet Our Supporters

Dozens of parents and grandparents, community and business leaders came together to launch Charleston Coalition For Kids. We expect the School Board to address the unacceptable inequity across schools, and we’re here to hold them accountable for that duty.

Liz Alston

Historian at Emanuel AME and former CCSD board chair

Rochelle Altman

Community volunteer

Paul Asper

MUSC Zucker Institute For Applied Neurosciences

Nella Barkley

Crystal-Barkley Corporation

lavanda brown

Community volunteer

Chris Bryant

Yarborough Applegate

Patrick Bryant

Bidr and Go To Team

Jon Butzon

SC State Board of Education

Mary capwell

Former school administrator

Ben Cash


Dr. David and Kathy Cole


Cheryl Cromwell

Charleston RISE

Lee Deas

Obviouslee Marketing

Ginny Deerin

Boomy Consulting

Park Dougherty

RW Baird

David and Julie Ellison

Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates / Porter-Gaud

molly and ted fienning


Chris Fraser

Avison Young; former CCSD board chair

rep. wendell gilliard

South Carolina House of Representatives

Tim Goodwin

Mayor, City of Folly Beach

Kira Golub

Community volunteer / real estate investor

samuel graham

Department of Veterans Affairs (retired), Charleston RISE

jonathan green

Jonathan Green Studios

Toya Hampton

Attorney at Toya Hampton, LLC; former CCSD board member

Ken Harrell

Joye Law Firm

David Haythe

Morgan Stanley

lauren herterich

Kids on Point

Lee Higdon

College of Charleston (former President)

ashley holbrook

Boeing South Carolina

Jermaine Husser

Palmetto Warrior Connection / Goodwill

jessica jackson

Boeing South Carolina

natasha jefferson

Parent advocate

dr. don and kim johnson

MUSC Board of Trustees / Southeastern Spine Institute

Wilbur Johnson

Young Clement Rivers

Barbara Kelley Duncan

Community volunteer

Sen. Marlon Kimpson

South Carolina Senate / Motley Rice

Louise and Paul Kohlheim

Community volunteer

Kaye Koonce

Trident Technical College (retired)

Bridget Laird

WINGS For Kids

hugh C. Lane, Jr

Bank of South Carolina

Mark Lattanzio

SunTrust Bank

Larry Lautenschlager

Robert Bosch, LLC (retired)

Ted Legasey

Community volunteer

Lindsay Leonard

Boeing South Carolina

harry lesesne

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Melissa Maddox-Evans

City of Charleston Housing Authority

Nina Magnesson


Caroline Mauldin

Happy & Bennett

Jim and mary McNab

FirstString Research

Otha Meadows

Trident Charleston Urban League

Rev. Dr. Kylon Middleton

Mt. Zion AME Church

Amy Mims

Meeting Street Schools

Katie Monoc

Monoc Roberts Law Firm

Charles Monteith

District 4 Constituent School Board Member

jeffrey montgomery

Omatic Software

Michael Boulware Moore

International African American Museum

Morgan Morton

Warner-Lambert Consumer Group (retired)

Ed Navarro

Grove Property Fund

Ben and Kelly Navarro

Sherman Capital / Meeting Street Schools

robert new

Former CCSD board chair

Alex Opoulos

Objectivity Squared

kp papadimitriou

Ronald McDonald House Charleston

Kathy Parks

Community volunteer

Eli Poliakoff

Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough

Tommy Preston

Boeing South Carolina

Allen Reed

Iron Horse Ventures

Kathryn and mark Richardson

MAR Real Estate

Bratton Riley


Joseph p. Riley, Jr.

Former Mayor, City of Charleston

Dr. David Rivers

MUSC Community Health

J. Stephen rhodes

Poet, Presbyterian minister

NEIL Robinson

Chair, SC Education Oversight Committee / Nexsen Pruet

Diana Saillant

Saillant Consulting/Hispanic Business Association

Dot Scott

Civil rights advocate

Leon Scott

Belmond Charleston Place Hotel

Susan Simons

Former CCSD board member

Robert Smith


Truman Smith

Community volunteer

Gray Somerville

LaunchPath Innovation

debra and mitch sonkin

Teach For America - South Carolina

Dr. Kendra Stewart

Riley Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston

eric and Kim strickland

Cusabo Lacrosse

donecia summers

Parent advocate

Keith Summey

Mayor, City of North Charleston

catherine templeton

Businesswoman and mom

Eric Thome

VentureSouth Charleston

Dr. Mary thornley

Trident Technical College

laura varn

Laura Varn & Associates

Chad and jena Walldorf

Entrepreneur / Former CCSD teacher

Doug Warner

Community volunteer

dr. fran welch

College of Charleston School of Education

richard weedman

Jonathan Green Studios

Loren and Mindelle Ziff

EastRock Properties / Z18 Ventures

anita zucker

InterTech Group

Support Our Cause

We are parents, educators, and community members dedicated to changing the outlook of Charleston County Schools. Join us—together, we can make a real difference in the future of our students.