Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
Some children were missing from their classrooms as they joined their parents in downtown Columbia to protest Common Core education standards.
The group gathered at the state Department of Education Monday morning, on a day dubbed as "National Don't Send Your Child to School Day."
The parents, politicians and stakeholders are against a new approach to education which is supposed to be a clear set of goals designed help students succeed in English, Language Arts and Math.
Common Core is built to make the learning process in classrooms across the state and nation more consistent, with all grades are learning the same material.
State Senator Lee Bright said he believes the standards are a "top down" approach from Washington. "The parents are who should be in control of the education of our children," he said.
"Common Core is out of control," said Bright. "It was one of those things, like so many things from Washington come with chains attached ... And it's all about four and a half billion dollars in Race to the Top money."
"It all comes down to the money folks," said Bright. "That's what our education process has become."
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 state department of education spokesman Dino Teppara last week.
Changing state law falls to the State Board of Education and Education Oversight Committee.
Bright says he is behind a bill to overhaul education in the state.
"This is something we can do in South Carolina," said Bright. "We've got a bill to stop this."
"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.
The South Carolina Education Association on Monday afternoon said its disappointed some parents kept their kids out of school.
All this group
accomplished, in fact, was to deny their children a day's worth of valuable
school instructional time," said SCEA President Jackie B. Hicks. "We should never use our children as political pawns."
Hicks said the Common Core standards were not drafted by the federal government. "South Carolina
decision-makers voluntarily adopted the standards, which are a commonsense
alternative to the ill-advised No Child Left Behind initiative," said Hicks.
"We believe that
Common Core provides more manageable curriculum goals and greater freedom for
educators to use their professional judgment and creativity in planning and
instruction," said Hicks. "The standards guide curriculum rather than restrict it. We owe it
to our students to provide educators with the time, tools, and resources to get
that change is difficult, and aligning instructional plans to the standards
will take time," said Hicks. "But we need to put Common Core into the larger context of
providing our students with the best access possible to the wide range of
skills and knowledge that will allow them to thrive in work and life."
For more information about Common Core standards, click here.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:40:14 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:09:03 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:58:00 GMT
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall. Multiple fire trucks and SCE&G crews responded to the scene in the 5100 block ofMore >>
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall.More >>