Andrews, Ellis focus on issues impacting S.C.’s children – Charleston City Paper


Bells tolled Saturday afternoon as more than 40 people filed into the Unitarian Church in downtown Charleston to hear two women running major South Carolina campaigns discuss how public policy impacts children. 

Dr. Annie Andrews, the Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District, joined Lisa Ellis, the Democratic candidate for South Carolina superintendent,  Lisa Ellis in a talk about the effects of deficit funding on public education, health care access, gun safety and the politicalization of issues facing the education system. Downtown bookstore Buxton Books hosted the talk along with the Charleston City Paper

Ellis, who’s been an educator for 22 years, said she founded the nonprofit SC for Ed four years ago when she realized teachers had no real voice in legislative policy. 

“From a school point of view, society’s problems walk into our doors every day,” Ellis said. “We’re talking about creating an equitable education, a high-quality education and our students need to be healthy and have the resources they need to be able to stay in school.”  

Andrews, an MUSC pediatrician and gun violence prevention researcher, said she has cared for too many sick kids whose parents didn’t know whether they could afford their child’s illness. She emphasized she has treated far too many children with gunshot wounds. 



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