Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Students may not be in class Monday after opponents of Common Core education standards will hold a protest in front of the State Department of Education.
The protest will include keeping kids out of class and marching to the State Capitol but if parents want these standards pulled other standards would have to be put in its place.
Time is running short and there's already funding tied up in text books and more if a change is made.
Common Core standards are supposed to be a clear set of goals that will help students succeed in English, Language Arts and Math.
Some parents see it differently.
"We feel like we don't know what's going on, for once in my child's education and that really concerns me as a parent," Tara Pitts said.
Making the learning process in classrooms across the state and nation more consistent, all grades are learning the same material.
"To take a set of standards, like the Common Core standards and to assume we can tackle education with a one size fits all approach is just not the right approach in my opinion," Rachel Cambre said.
This process has been bothering Rachel so much, she quit her job, and began home schooling.
"The states were coerced into this, they did not have input into these standards," Cambre said.
In Julie Weaver's case it's meant hours of homework away from the classroom, and inside five tests a week.
"She's no longer playing sports, she doesn't get to go out and play with her friends after school now," Weaver said.
A focus away from the classics to writing standards that is more informative or explanatory.
"These are dry, boring technical manuals that children are being asked to read and enjoy reading and in addition to that they're being asked to write informational text," Sheri Few said.
The standards have little support from the State Department of Education's Superintendent.
"He believes in customizing education at a local level, when you have a one size fits all requirements from Washington or anywhere else basically stating this is how you're going to learn and every child is going to learn the same material the same way on the same schedule, he knows that doesn't work," said Dino Teppara, state department of education spokesman.
Changing state law falls to the State Board of Education and Education Oversight Committee.
"Those are the two entities that approved the common core standards before Dr. Zais got elected but we want to work with everyone to be on the same page going forward," Teppara said.
Zais points to recent state report cards claiming giving districts flexibility has meant better grades.
For more information about Common Core standards, click here.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>