- SC public school enrollment dips amid pandemic, private schools get unexpected boost
- Jan 18, 8:18 AM: Frustrated by last-minute school changes and dissatisfied with virtual-learning options, many South Carolina families have opted to leave the public school system entirely.
- Sumter’s first charter school gets a big boost from a local philanthropist
- Jan 11, 7:49 AM: Liberty STEAM Charter School has been gaining momentum since being approved to become Sumter County’s first-ever tuition free public charter school.
- Teacher group urges S.C. schools to move fully virtual amid COVID-19 surge
- Jan 11, 7:30 AM: A teacher advocacy group is now urging South Carolina schools to remain fully virtual amid a recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the state.
- Henry McMaster unveils plan to replace South Carolina's private school tuition grants program
- > Jan 6, 7:17 AM: The plan announced Tuesday is McMaster's second attempt to spend the GEER funds. He previously announced a plan that would have provided tuition grants to students attending private schools, but that plan was rejected by the state
- $900 million to flow directly to SC schools from latest federal aid package
- Jan 4, 7:07 AM: What educators can bank on is coming from the federal government. The massive $2.3 trillion COVID-19 aid and federal spending package that Congress passed Dec. 21 includes several pots of money for schools.
- As many South Carolina school districts plan to return only online next week, State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman is urging them to reconsider and reopen in person.
- Jan 4, 6:20 AM: Spearman, who leads the South Carolina Department of Education, said in an interview before Christmas that families need to be given a choice.
- South Carolina Lawmakers To Push Education Savings Accounts In 2021
- Dec 30, 6:58 AM: Heading into 2021, there are a total of 783,000 students in South Carolina’s chronically failing government run education system – with taxpayers shelling out a staggering $14,227 per pupil, per year.
- Opinion: Pandemic Creates New Options for Education
- > Dec 28, 7:40 AM: This year, traditional schools have been faced with the challenge of delivering an academic program online. Newer options like learning pods and microschools have surged. Virtual schools and their flexibility have become more
- Charter school for students with dyslexia coming to the Lowcountry
- Dec 21, 8:25 AM: The Lowcountry will get its first ever public charter school aimed specifically at students with dyslexia. The Gates School is scheduled to open in August of 2021.
- New charter school could be coming to Summerville
- > Dec 17, 8:08 AM: The Town of Summerville Design Review Board says they have received plans for a new charter school. The new school would be called Summerville Preparatory Academy and plans show it would be built on Bacons Bridge Road in
- Charleston school leaders react to new ‘life changing’ scholarship for low-income students
- Dec 17, 8:00 AM: For thousands of low-income South Carolina high school students, enrolling in a college degree program after graduation can feel like an almost unattainable goal.
- SC schools modify plans amid teacher outcry, COVID-19 surge: ‘They just want to quit’
- Dec 15, 9:17 AM: As coronavirus cases reach record levels in South Carolina, conversations surrounding how schools should operate during the pandemic have gained renewed momentum from lawmakers, educators, parents and students.
- Editorial: McMaster should accept vouchers defeat, focus on helping poor kids in SC
- Dec 14, 6:50 AM: There’s not a lot good to say about Gov. Henry McMaster’s long-shot effort to have the S.C. Supreme Court reverse course and allow him to hand out $32 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to private schools.
- SC Supreme Court again stops Gov. McMaster from spending COVID-19 aid on private schools
- > Dec 10, 6:38 AM: S.C. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision Wednesday strikes another blow to McMaster’s months-long effort to direct $32 million in federal CARES Act aid toward a program that would pay for poor and working class children to attend
- Sumter Liberty STEAM Charter School holds 1st enrollment lottery with some waitlisted
- Dec 7, 8:36 AM: It's been a long time in the making, but with the click of a button Thursday night, 144 students were selected for admission into the two founding grade classes of Liberty STEAM Charter School.
- South Carolina lawmakers to tackle education reform next year
- Dec 1, 8:33 AM: Representative Rita Allison said she expects the House to discuss teacher salaries and unfreezing step increases.
- Orange Grove Charter School welcomes students back in-person
- Dec 1, 6:57 AM: After switching to a virtual schedule before the Thanksgiving holiday, students at Orange Grove Charter School returned to their classrooms again Monday.
- Letter: If citizens want school choice, charter schools, why can't they have them?
- > Oct 26, 5:02 AM: Wherever there are charter schools or the option of school choice, applications for entry are hundreds of times more than slots available. Parents in these neighborhoods realize that a good education is the key to a better life for
- SC Senate policy stakes: Graham favors ‘school choice,’ Harrison backs public schools
- > Oct 26, 4:57 AM: While state and local governments bear the bulk of the authority over local schools, the winner of South Carolina’s competitive U.S. Senate race next month could also play an important role in shaping the future of national
- Charleston school board candidates differ on school choice, superintendent’s performance
- > Oct 22, 4:46 AM: The candidates are divided on most issues, including their assessment of Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait, the district’s controversial decisions to improve failing schools and whether to boost school choice