Education

  Panthers donate backpacks, supplies to Midlands school district

  Districts to receive desks, teacher supply grants from Opportunity Project SC

More than 200 students move in at Columbia International University

Police: Student sent ‘alarming texts’ with threat against Lexington Middle School

  Three Kershaw County elementary schools set to close, superintendent says expect new school in 2021-2022

  Alternative certification programs in SC helping address teacher shortage

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  In Louisville, Trump signs order forgiving student-loan debt for disabled veterans

  South Carolinians with arrest records, felonies can be teachers

  Kershaw County School Board votes to consolidate 3 elementary schools

  Sen. Jackson sends letter requesting Oversight Subcommittee for UofSC Board of Trustees

  Richland School District Two increases security standards

  Lawmakers consider bill that would make UofSC Board of Trustees smallest in the state

  Q&A: Strategies for managing back-to-school anxiety for kids of all ages

Just like the “Sunday scaries” or the “Sunday blues” are real for all of us, anxiety is a real thing for kids heading back to school this week.

  S.C. school district responds to teacher’s lawsuit for out-of-pocket classroom costs, unpaid work

The lawsuit claims the district broke state and federal laws by requiring her to pay for school supplies out of her own pocket and work for free at school-related events.

  Cardinal Newman students start school a day after Richland Sheriff ends investigation

It’s the first day of school for students at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Monday that the investigation into threats made against the school by a now-former student over the summer, is over.

Lexington County One ‘School Zone Traffic Safety Plan’ begins as students return to class

With Lexington County School District One beginning their academic year on Aug. 20, Chief Terrence Green would like the Town of Lexington community to know that school resource officers, traffic division and Community Action Team (C.A.T.) officers will be working together on the “School Zone Traffic

District responds after teacher claims district violated federal, state labor laws

  RCSD: Cardinal Newman investigation closed, no further arrests to be made

  Back to school: SC Highway Patrol stepping up patrols in Midlands school zones

Midlands schools returning for the 2019-2020 academic year

  Viral ‘Clear The Lists’ campaign helping Midlands teachers

Cardinal Newman principal: ‘Increased presence’ of deputies will be on campus to begin year following threat

  New UofSC president shares vision for university going forward

A few weeks after his controversial election, new University of South Carolina President, Bob Caslen shared his vision for the university going forward.

  Investigation suggests Blythewood HS coach tried to recruit student athletes

We have documents that suggest Blythewood Bengals head coach, Jason Seidel, violated Richland Two’s policy.

Are your kids back on their school sleep schedule? Experts say it’s not too late

Summer break is coming to a close for many students across Horry and Florence counties.

  Former Ridge View HS teacher charged after fight with student will have charges dismissed, expunged

Karon Wilson Jr., 36, faced third-degree assault and battery and breach of peace charges following an altercation with a student in his classroom in May of 2019.

  ‘It’s like chopping with a machete through the jungle’: Senators continue work on education reform bill

Senate Education Chairman Senator Greg Hembree (R-Horry) said he would like to see the Senate’s version of the massive education reform bill (S.419) on the Senate floor for debate in January.

  Back-to-school: How much sleep does your child need to succeed?

According to the CDC, “children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity...poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior.”

  Cocky ranked in top 10 for greatest mascots in college football history

The University of South Carolina’s Cocky the Gamecock was ranked seventh nationally by Sports Illustrated for greatest mascots in college football history.

  Back-to-school: healthy & easy recipes for college students

These easy tips and recipes will keep you healthy all school-year.

  Major security upgrades coming to schools in Richland School District Two

As students and teachers in the Richland Two School District return next week to begin another school year, they will be welcomed back by major security upgrades.

  SAFE Lexington helps prepare students for a safe back-to-school

SAFE wanted to refresh people on laws related to pedestrian and cyclist safety, to help keep students and others safe.

  No further charges filed in wake of Cardinal Newman threats, but 2nd student expelled

The school's principal said further disciplinary action is a possibility for the students who were in a group message but failed to report the videos.

  Kershaw County School Board member accused of letting minors drink at his home

Deputies said when they arrived at Donald Copley’s house they saw “numerous beer cans” on the front lawn.

  Richland Two school kicks off the school year with parody of hit ‘Old Town Road’

Each year, schools in Richland Two come up with creative ways to kick off the start of a new school year.

  Teachers gearing up for new school year and another year of advocating for reform

About one hundred educators from across the state were in Columbia Wednesday.

  ‘Sorry is not enough’: Parents of Cardinal Newman students ink letter to administration after student’s threats against school

Parents and community members are speaking out in response to Cardinal Newman’s reasoning for not alerting parents of threats made by a former student to “shoot up” the school.

Urban League president urges people not to overlook teen’s racist threats

Columbia Urban League President and CEO J. T. McLawhorn is warning South Carolinians not to dismiss or minimize the video of a local teen spewing racist rhetoric and repeatedly shooting a pair of sneakers symbolizing a Black man.

  Cardinal Newman parents still concerned about safety despite principal’s apology

The principal at Cardinal Newman responded to criticism by some parents over the handling of threatening videos made by a former student.

  Bullet resistant backpacks add extra layer of protection for school bound children

The harsh reality of mass shootings in public areas, including schools, has some parents thinking about safety precautions for their children, which includes buying bullet resistant backpacks.

  Cardinal Newman Principal apologizes after threats surface against school

On Monday, parents of Cardinal Newman student received a letter from school principal Robert Loia.

  Parents seek answers from Cardinal Newman

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department says a 16-year-old student was arrested for threatening to quote “shoot up” Cardinal Newman.

  Back-to-school: SC vaccination rates higher than national average in recent years

With students gearing up to head back to school in Midlands, DHEC officials say now is the time to make sure your children are up-to-date on the required list of vaccines.

  Pastides bids an emotional farewell to UofSC

Pastides and Caslen shared a handshake and a hug, signifying the beginning of a new era at the university.

  State’s smallest school districts consider consolidation, officials say no schools will close

This year’s state budget is providing extra funding for smaller school districts in our state to consolidate. South Carolina lawmakers have agreed to set aside funding to offer an incentive for school districts to get on board. Interested school districts have until Thursday to submit their proposal

  Pastides reflects on his legacy, leaves advice for his successor, and reveals plans for the future

It’s the end of an era at USC as Dr. Harris Pastides ends his tenure as the University's 28th president.

  UofSC President Pastides reflects on time, memories at university

Over the past 11 years, Dr. Harris Pastides has led the University of South Carolina through a tremendous period of growth.

  UofSC board chair claims vote for university president not influenced by governor

Before the board even voted, accreditors with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools expressed concerns of political influence on the presidential search.

Lexington-Richland 5 announces opportunity to apply for remaining seats from enrollment freeze lottery process

Lexington-Richland School District Five is announcing an opportunity for families to apply for available seats remaining at Chapin Elementary School and Lake Murray Elementary School.

  SC father working to educate others about Responsible Father Registry

Christopher Emanuel and his five-year-old daughter Skyler are inseparable.

Small school districts consider merging to cut costs

School districts in rural South Carolina counties could merge in an effort to save money and take advantage of millions of dollars in state funds

Scores of South Carolina juvenile offenders getting diplomas

More than 100 students who are in juvenile jails across South Carolina are getting their high school diplomas

  West Columbia pharmaceutical CEO, 2 employees visit White House

The CEO and two employees of a West Columbia business were in Washington D.C. on Thursday meeting with President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump.

  Son of new UofSC president pens open letter to university community about father

With only a few days remaining before Bob Caslen officially takes office as the new president at the University of South Carolina, one of his sons is reaching out to the UofSC community to give them an idea of what his father is really like.

  Changes could be coming to Board of Trustees at SC universities

Following the controversial election of Bob Caslen as the next president of the University of South Carolina, some lawmakers want to see some changes made.

  Caslen addresses UofSC community for the first time as president-elect

For the first time since being chosen as the school's president, Lt. General Robert Caslen will speak to the University of South Carolina community Monday at 11 a.m.

Kershaw County School District welcomes home Warren-Barber as new principal of Bethune Elementary School

The Kershaw County School District has selected Markeita Warren-Barber as the new principal for Bethune Elementary School following the principal shake up that reassigned principals throughout the school district.

Rep. Todd Rutherford to file bill to remove governor from UofSC Board of Trustees

Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia) will file a bill to remove the governor from the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina. Currently, the Governor of South Carolina serves as the ex officio chair of the board.

  Harris Pastides releases statement regarding UofSC president-elect Bob Caslen

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides released a statement around noon today addressing president-elect Lt. General Robert Caslen.

  Board of Trustees member caught on hot mic, says protesters are from out of town

As the Board of Trustees meeting was set to begin, over 80 people listening to a live stream in a ballroom downstairs gasped.

  USC Board of Trustees votes in favor of Caslen as 29th president

UofSC’s Board of Trustees have made a decision concerning the next president of the university after meeting Friday morning at the university’s Alumni Center. The meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m.

Meeting to discuss next UofSC President underway

UofSC Board of Trustees members have gathered at the university’s Alumni Center to discuss the decision for the next university president.

  Gov. McMaster confident Caslen will be voted in as USC’s next president

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees is expected to meet Friday morning to discuss what’s become a contentious search for the school’s next president, but it’s not clear yet if the board is planning to take a vote on a previously announced finalist, retired Lt. General Robert Caslen.

  Namesake of UofSC business school says search for president should be restarted

On the eve of the University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees meeting to possibly determine the institute’s next president, the school’s largest donors is making one last plea to the Board of Trustees not to politicize the selection process to find the successor for Dr. Harris Pastides.

  Secretary DeVos drums up support for Education Freedom Scholarships in South Carolina

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was in the Palmetto State Thursday.

  Secretary of Education DeVos tours SC pharmaceutical company as part of work education initiative

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made a trip to West Columbia on Thursday to visit one company that is committed to retraining and reskilling hundreds of workers in South Carolina.

  USC alumnus encourages donors to cut off donations if board approves Caslen, others demand respect

One University of South Carolina alumnus is threatening to stop donating to the school if its board of trustees vote Friday to approve presidential finalist Robert Caslen.

  Secretary of Education DeVos to make stop in W. Columbia on Thursday

According to a source, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will tour Nephron Pharmaceuticals on Thursday.

  Columbia City Council discusses trading tickets for school supplies

The Columbia City Council is meeting tonight to discuss parking tickets and new ways that people might be able to pay for them.

  SACS accreditation board demands new report from UofSC amid controversial presidential search

The agency responsible for determining accreditation for colleges and universities across the south is reaching out to the University of South Carolina, amid concerns of political influence in the school’s search for its next president.

  UofSC trustee ends support for presidential candidate Caslen

A member of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees is no longer supporting a presidential candidate looking to replace Dr. Harris Pastides.

Target to provide discounts for educators with Teacher Prep event

This week, teachers can save an extra 15% on select items at Target.

  SC Education Lottery breaks state revenue record with increase in ticket sales

The South Carolina Education Lottery set a new state record by bringing in over $52 million more in revenue this year than last year.

  Many USC Caslen supporters have been quiet this week. Some say this is why.

Supporters of embattled USC presidential finalist Robert Caslen are speaking out, one day after a judge blocked a controversial vote requested by Governor Henry McMaster asking the university’s board of trustees to vote on Caslen as the school’s next president.

UofSC Board of Trustees scheduled to meet July 19

Officials with the University of South Carolina have confirmed the Board of Trustees will meet on July 19.

  Richland One leaders respond to reports of multi-million dollar mistake in budget

Leaders in Richland School District One had to field questions from parents after newspaper reports said the district made a $4.5 million budgeting error.

  Court order forces UofSC Board of Trustees to cancel Friday vote on controversial presidential candidate

The Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina will delay a vote on Lt. General Robert Caslen.

UofSC Faculty Senate call special meeting regarding Presidential search

The University of South Carolina’s Faculty Senate has called a special meeting regarding the search for a new university president.

Elected officials and student leaders to hold press conference on USC Board of Trustees expected vote on Robert Caslen

A group of state legislators, local leaders, UofSC faculty and students will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon to ask the board of trustees not to vote on candidate Robert Caslen on Friday.

  USC students voice their concerns about potential Caslen presidency

This evening, some USC students made sure their questions and concerns were heard when it comes to the upcoming vote on the school's next president.