Lawmaker uses Facebook to raise education awareness


WE HAVE A 7 NEWS SCHOOL WATCH. AN UPSTATE REPRESENTATIVE IS WORKING RIGHT NOW TO IMPROVE OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM THROUGH A PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. IT’S NOT JUST FOR THE PUBLIC. IT’S FOR LAWMAKERS TOO. Reporter: AS EASLEY REPRESENTATIVE NEIL COLLINS SCROLLED THROUGH FACEBOOK, HE REALIZED HE HAD THE PERFECT PLATFORM TO PROMOTE HIS PASSION. THE IMPACT THAT EDUCATION HAS, IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE AT THE FIRST PRIORITY. Reporter: THE SECOND TERM LEGISLATOR SERVES IN SEVERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEES. HE REALIZED THE INFORMATION HE RECEIVED WASN’T ALWAYS KNOWN OR UNDERSTOOD BY HIS COLLEAGUES OR CONSTITUENTS. SO HE TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA. ONCE THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS AND ONCE MY COLLEAGUES UNDERSTAND HOW DIRE THE SITUATION IS, THEN WE CAN START TALKING ABOUT SOLUTIONS. Reporter: COLLINS IS ON A STATE-WIDE CAMPAIGN THROUGH HIS PUBLIC SOCIAL MEDIA SITE, PICKING A NEW COUNTY EVERY MONTH, HIGHLIGHTING WHAT ISSUES THOSE DISTRICTS FACE LIKE COLLEGE READINESS, RACIAL GAPS, AND READING AND MATH PROFICIENCY AGAINST NATIONAL STATISTICS, NUMBERS THAT ARE OFTEN STAGGERING. 26 TO 33% OF OUR THIRD GRADERS WHO ARE ON READING LEVEL, SAME WITH MATH, SAME WITH EIGHTH GRADERS. Reporter: SPECIFIC NUMBERS THAT SHOW WHERE WE NEED SPECIFIC CHANGE SO THAT NOT ONLY LEGISLATORS BUT THE PUBLIC CAN GET ON-BOARD TO CREATE A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN. WE ALL HAVE THE END GOAL AND THE SAME END GOAL. THAT END GOAL IS TO IMPROVE EDUCATION IN SOUTH CARE SOUTH CAROLINA. Reporter: COLLINS KNOWS THERE IS MORE WORK TO BE DONE. BRIANNA SMITH, 7 NEWS. SO FAR COLLINS HAS MADE IT THROUGH 32 OF THE 46 COUNTIES.

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