South Carolina


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Opinion: Teacher recruitment and retention are keys to academic opportunities
Mar 21, 6:00 AM: It was a great day in South Carolina when our General Assembly decided to make education reform its priority for the current legislative session. The discussions and debates have been uncomfortable at times and in some >
Protesters shut down a Charleston school board meeting. Here’s what they had to say.
Mar 19, 6:12 AM: A group of protesters disrupted the Charleston County School Board meeting Monday at the district office, claiming that the district had failed in its duty to educate black children and was treating a majority-black >
Help wanted: Why teachers aren’t staying in S.C. classrooms
Mar 19, 5:24 AM: Veteran South Carolina teachers are fleeing classrooms in record numbers because of low pay, a burdensome testing system and a sense they aren’t valued. More seriously, fewer college graduates see teaching as a profession >
SC House passes education overhaul, while one senator works to tear it up and start over
Mar 7, 6:32 AM: Even before the S.C. House overwhelmingly voted on Wednesday for a massive proposal that aims to reform the state’s failing public school system, a Democratic state senator was plotting the bill’s demise. >
Opinion: SC is about to miss a golden opportunity to get education reform right
Mar 5, 6:55 AM: Improving the life opportunities for South Carolina’s school children is firmly within our reach. The state is sitting on hundreds of millions in budget surplus. Lawmakers say they’re ready to use a big chunk for public >
'It is time we fix it': Spearman says rural students also need opportunity
Mar 5, 6:45 AM: Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman spoke on Monday morning about improving the state's schools at the S.C. Rural Summit on the campus of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.
Bill aimed at improving SC public schools advances in House with key changes
Feb 22, 6:58 AM: A bill aimed at transforming South Carolina’s public schools advanced Thursday in the House with some key changes teachers wanted. And legislators stress more revisions are coming.
Erskine grants full authorization to two Clinton charter schools
Feb 15, 7:26 AM: Erskine College created the Institute in 2017 as a statewide agency that would sponsor charter schools, a power granted by South Carolina law to institutes of higher education.
This K-12 Innovation Would Help Families in South Carolina Customize Learning
Feb 14, 8:39 AM: This year, South Carolina lawmakers are considering a proposal to make the accounts available to students with special needs, like Smith’s adopted children. More than 100,000 South Carolina children—more than 1 in 10—are >
North Charleston residents say engaging parents is key to improving city’s failing schools
Feb 13, 6:01 AM: Frustrated that several schools in North Charleston are inadequate, community leaders and residents said getting parents more engaged can help bridge the divide in the Charleston County School District.
Opinion: SC’s education system has failed. Here’s how McMaster’s plan can fix it
Feb 8, 8:36 AM: Let’s be real – South Carolina’s public education system has failed us. And before we start pointing our fingers at teachers and administrators, may we be reminded that these are the very individuals who have for years >
How will SC schools look years from now? House panel starts education reform debate
Jan 31, 6:40 AM: S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas told legislators Wednesday that his proposal to shake up the state’s K-12 school system, changing the way money is spent on classrooms and students, is “not a perfect piece of legislation. >
SC teachers frustrated by push to fix K-12 schools without their ideas
Jan 30, 7:08 AM: SC teachers and state workers gathered at the State House in Columbia, SC for the South Carolinians Deserve the Best rally, advocating for higher pay and more support from state lawmakers.
Charleston County tweaks its school choice system, with bigger changes on the horizon
Jan 29, 6:17 AM: The Charleston County School Board punted on a total overhaul of its school choice application system Monday night, making only one change that will take effect this year.
Gov. McMaster urges SC lawmakers to back ‘bold’ agenda of tax relief, education reform Read more here:
Jan 24, 6:40 AM: As in his inaugural address earlier this month, McMaster pledged to reform the state’s public school system and to forge new ways to keep South Carolina competitive for jobs, investment and talent through lower taxes and >
Erskine renews charter of online school, reluctantly
Jan 22, 7:36 AM: Erskine Charter Institute trustees renewed Odyssey Online Learning’s charter for 10 years Wednesday afternoon. Reluctantly. Their primary concern was Odyssey’s graduation rates, one of the most important accountability >
Editorial: Large class sizes, teacher shortages hold back SC students
Jan 16, 6:16 AM: Smaller class sizes don’t automatically translate into better student performance, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that a healthy student-to-teacher ratio can help boost educational outcomes — particularly for >
Teacher vacancies higher at SC schools, new report says. Here’s how much
Jan 15, 6:30 AM: As S.C. school districts struggle to find enough teachers, a new statewide study says more educators are leaving the classroom, forcing schools to rely on substitutes and international teachers to educate students. >
Charleston County school choice applications on hold as board considers big changes
Jan 11, 7:56 AM: The Charleston County School District’s magnet and charter school application process has been delayed for at least a few weeks as the school board considers last-minute policy changes that could affect which children get >
Henry McMaster pledges to work to lift up SC’s rural areas and fix education
Jan 10, 6:33 AM: Gov. Henry McMaster’s inaugural address Wednesday sounded more like a pep rally, as he urged lawmakers to work as a team to lift up rural areas and fix South Carolina’s broken education system, all while continuing his >



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