- SC charter school enrollment surges as COVID-19 awakens parents to education options
- > Sep 28, 5:26 AM: So over the summer, Pollock joined the burgeoning ranks of South Carolina parents who have abandoned traditional public education during the pandemic and enrolled her son at Connections Academy, the largest of the state’s five
- SC justices: Can Gov. McMaster give $32 million in public money to private schools?
- > Sep 21, 6:35 AM: South Carolina Supreme Court justices on Friday repeatedly grilled Gov. Henry McMaster’s top lawyer on whether the governor had unlawfully devised a plan to give $32 million in coronavirus public federal emergency funds to private
- SC Supreme Court hears arguments over COVID-19 grant money promised to private schools
- Sep 21, 5:57 AM: The South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Friday for and against using $32 million in COVID-19 relief money for private school scholarships.
- South Carolina Supreme Court set to hear arguments on constitutionality of SAFE grants program
- > Sep 17, 5:25 AM: South Carolina’s Supreme Court will hear arguments Friday on the constitutionality of a program that would provide scholarships to enable families struggling financially because of COVID-19 to keep their children in nonpublic
- Midlands parents clamor for a full week of learning in the classroom
- > Sep 15, 5:29 AM: Parents in the school district that spans two Midlands counties are protesting the weekly mix of in-person and online learning that started Sept. 8. But officials aren’t slated to even re-consider the hybrid scheduling for several
- Gov. McMaster concerned large amount of SC school districts not providing 5-day in-class option
- Sep 11, 7:19 AM: "If a parent wants to send their children back to school, or if they want to keep the child at home, they should have the choice,” McMaster said."They shouldn’t have to choose between their child or their job."
- Teacher shortage means many will juggle in-person and virtual instruction
- Sep 8, 5:34 AM: With Charleston County beginning school next week, a teacher shortage may be a big problem this year. Student-teacher ratio is at the heart of the issue.
- ’Pandemic Pod’ organizers could face penalties if they operate without SC childcare license
The South Carolina Department of Social Services says pod operators need a family child care home license because they are considered in-home daycare centers, according to state law.
Aug 25, 7:16 AM:
- Commentary: Public schools need us, now more than ever
- Aug 25, 6:07 AM: Gov. Henry McMaster intends to spend $32 million on private school tuition for 5,000 students. As a former public school teacher who now runs an educational nonprofit, I feel compelled to speak out.
- Commentary: SC schools aren’t underfunded, and more money won’t fix them
- Aug 24, 6:16 AM: K-12 education is the second largest expenditure in the state budget, and when you combine federal, state and local sources, we spent $10.4 billion on public education for the 2019-20 school year.
- New Sumter charter school an 'asset,' providing 'more opportunity,' leaders say
- > Aug 21, 5:50 AM: Newton said he sees Liberty STEAM Charter as only a positive for Sumter in helping children with potentially less opportunities improve their educational outcomes. Newton said he thinks the charter will benefit Sumter School
- SC Supreme Court agrees to hear case over Gov. McMaster’s private school grant program
- Aug 21, 5:30 AM: The S.C. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in the lawsuit over Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision to spend $32 million of federal coronavirus relief funds on grants to help students afford private school tuition.
- South Carolina Connections Academy eases students in on first day of school
- > Aug 19, 6:57 AM: While a lot of schools are still figuring out the kinks associated with virtual learning, Kitchens said the curriculum at South Carolina Connections Academy was “built from day one to make sure students are successful through an
- Commentary: McMaster’s ‘choice’ plan supports white-flight schools at expense of public schools
- > Aug 12, 5:57 AM: Gov. Henry McMaster recently announced his plan to use $32 million in federal COVID-19 aid to create $6,500 tuition grants for parents to send their children to private schools. As a public school graduate, the husband of a retired
- SC private schools seeing increased interest from parents unhappy with reopening plans
- Aug 11, 6:39 AM: With most of South Carolina’s public schools reopening without a full week in the classroom, some parents are newly turning to private schools for their child’s education.
- Opinion: It's time to debunk the myth of school choice
- Aug 10, 5:53 AM: Do you know what would make education choices easier for parents? Public schools that deliver more than a minimally-adequate education for every student. Let's try that first.
- Commentary: Mace is wrong. Private-school choice is a false choice
- > Aug 7, 5:56 AM: The idea of diverting public funds intended to help with the COVID-19 disaster to private schools and away from those South Carolinians who need pandemic relief has nothing to do with helping parents through the pandemic. Rather,
- Fight over SAFE Grants heads to the South Carolina Supreme Court
- > Aug 6, 5:55 AM: There's a new case against South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who allocated $32 million of the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds for SAFE Grants. The case now will be heard by the South Carolina Supreme
- Lawyers want SC Supreme Court to take up case over Gov. McMaster’s private school grants
- > Aug 5, 7:11 AM: The lawsuit over Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision to spend $32 million of federal coronavirus relief funds on grants to help students afford private school tuition could be headed to the S.C. Supreme Court if attorneys for both sides
- Our View: McMaster's shameful pandemic pillaging of public schools
- > Aug 5, 7:06 AM: McMaster's proposed Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants are nothing more than continuation of Republican efforts to dismember struggling public schools by routing public money into private and religious school coffers.