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Historical Background
Abbeville vs. State of South Carolina

Judge Thomas Cooper
Judge Thomas Cooper
In 1993, 40 rural South Carolina public school districts brought a lawsuit against the State of South Carolina over the issue of whether the Constitution of the State of South Carolina, adopted in 1895, which authorizes the State to establish and maintain a system of free public education, in fact requires the State to provide an adequate education to its students.

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Corridor of Shame Documentary

Corridor of Shame
Corridor of Shame

The documentary, which premiered at the Columbia Museum of Art on April 3, 2005, has continued to exceed its original expectations to serve as an educational tool and to stimulate philanthropic, church and community support for the rural school districts of South Carolina and bulid public support for long term changes in the state's method of funding public education.  

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But What About Us?

What About Us?
What About Us?

In 2006, following the Circuit Court’s decision in late 2005 that found elementary, middle and high schools in the plaintiff districts to meet “minimally adequate standards,” an effort was made to encourage student participation in educating the public of the conditions in South Carolina schools.

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