Dear Board Members,
Many of you know that I have been carrying an ever increasing burden with regards to my parents' health. Finally, last week, as I mapped out with my mom and her physician what our lives will look like for the next several months, it became clear that there is no way that I can adequately meet my family's and parents' needs while being a conscientious member, let alone Chair, of the State Board of Education. The math simply doesn't work.
I reluctantly reached the decision to resign from the State Board of Education. I tendered my resignation to the Governor on Friday so he could appoint someone who can fully participate in the important discussions and policy decisions that are in the immediate future of the Board.
It has been an honor to serve with all of you. The combined experience and passion around the Board table is amazing. There is a camaraderie and unity of purpose that has allowed room for respectful disagreement and constructive discussions in which the opinions and wisdom of all members are both sought and heard. I am certain that the students of South Carolina are better for the investment that all of us have made to this end.
While I regret not finishing my term as Chair I am proud of the work that the Board has accomplished this year. I am confident that you all will finish the year strong under Chairman Moore's leadership with the continued support of the State Department of Education.
I ask for your understanding as my family and I enter this next phase of our journey. One day I hope to again partner with many of you to continue to improve education for our state's children.