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Advancing Creative Solutions to Assure Fairness and Excellence in Education

Only 9 percent of South Carolinas poor and near-poor 8th grade students scored proficient or advanced in reading in 1998, while 29 percent of students from middle-class and affluent families scored proficient or better.
Miles To Go South Carolina (2002)

About Us

The Southern Education Foundation, Inc. (SEF) is in the business of advancing creative solutions to ensure fairness and excellence in education for all. SEF is a public charity with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Through a variety of programs and strategies involving research, analysis, advocacy, technical assistance, and outreach, SEF works to:

  • Improve education policy and practice
  • Inform the public about education issues and policy options
  • Strengthen parent, school, and private sector efforts to better meet the needs of underachieving students and prepare America's future workforce
  • Promote a high quality of universal education
From the beginning in 1867, SEF has been a small organization with a huge, timeless mission: to improve educational excellence and equity in the South. Today, in a global village, SEF believes that America needs to develop the talents and contributions of all of its people in order to thrive and create a shared and prosperous future for everyone.

We invite you to learn more about SEF: