Education

  Education majors in SC could get more money for their lottery scholarships if education overhaul bill is signed into law

  Officials announce new tool to help families find best preschool options for children

  52nd commemoration of Orangeburg Massacre: Newly bronzed sculptures of victims unveiled

Few school districts across SC report power outages and closings

Clarendon 1 joins list of school districts on delays Friday morning

School districts across the state issue early dismissals due to severe weather

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Several SC school districts cancel after-school activities Thursday due to impending inclement weather

Aiken Co. schools to operate on early dismissal schedule due to inclement weather

  Dutch Fork High School student accused of trying to sexually assault peer

Palmetto Pre-K rolls out, helps S.C. parents find pre-kindergarten programs

  Historic South Carolina women’s college will soon admit men

  House Speaker shares his education reform plans for House in 2020

Chester Co. voters to decide Tuesday on $116 million school bond two years after failed vote

Just two years after voters in Chester County narrowly struck down a $38 million bond referendum to improve county schools and build a new career center, they’ll head back to the polls Tuesday to decide on the school board’s latest proposed bond referendum.

  Richland County elementary school students show off skills during Lego robotics celebration

Students at Sandlapper Elementary have been working since Thanksgiving at becoming young roboticists.

  Thousands of S.C. teachers left their positions last school year

Communities are growing , more schools are being added and that increases the need for more teachers. But it's a career notorious for low paying jobs.

  ‘Thank God for Mississippi’: S.C. lawmakers invite Miss. education chief to talk about early education reform

On Thursday, South Carolina Speaker of the House Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) invited Dr. Carey Wright, the State Superintendent of Education from Mississippi to speak with lawmakers.

  S.C. student battling sickle cell disease gets surprise Super Bowl trip of a lifetime

  Lawsuit alleges Richland Co. teacher kissed, inappropriately held middle school student

Chapin Intermediate School student to appear on Food Network baking competition

Outside review recommends changes to UofSC’s Board of Trustees

  Students and community activists respond to racist post, UofSC officials won’t comment further

  Panel of S.C. senators take up bill that would create education savings accounts

Award-winning actress to perform at Allen University’s UNCF Gala

Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart will perform on Jan. 31 at Allen University’s 15th Annual UNCF “A Mind Is…” Scholarship Gala & Richard Allen Awards ceremony.

  Four Midlands schools named finalists for Palmetto’s Finest awards

There are seven South Carolina schools that have been named finalists for the Palmetto’s Finest awards.

  SC State Honors College to be named after late Dr. Emily Clyburn

South Carolina State University is honoring one of its alumna, the late Dr. Emily England Clyburn, by naming its Honors College after her on Jan. 22 at the Clyburn Scholars Induction Ceremony.

  SC senators begin to share proposals to change education bill

Tuesday afternoon, legislators began to mull over some potential changes to a bill some say will reform education in South Carolina.

  Surveillance video captures moment EF-2 tornado rips through S.C. high school

Cameras captured the moment the tornado ripped through North Central High School, causing major damage.

  Students get hands-on experience with pet grooming during class

From bathing, blow drying, clipping nails and dental care, the student-run business has many options for pets.

SC State board member inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

A South Carolina State University Board of Trustees member has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  Discussion on education reform bill begins on Senate floor, teachers react

Wednesday afternoon, Senators began their discussion on a bill that some say will reform education in the state of South Carolina.

  First day back to class for NCHS after weekend tornado, but at vocational building

North Central High School students are returning to class for the first time, Wednesday, Jan. 15 after a confirmed tornado ripped through Kershaw County over the weekend, causing severe damage to North Central High.

UofSC receives high rankings in nursing, education

The University of South Carolina has been ranked No. 1 in the nation among public universities for its online graduate nursing program.

S.C. schools host supply drives to support North Central High following its destruction by a tornado

NCHS teachers and students are scrambling to prepare for their classes to resume Wednesday in another building.

  Students saddened by loss, unanswered questions after tornado rips through North Central High School

Seniors are left with many unanswered questions as they wait to find out where graduation will take place.

  DRONE VIDEO: EF-2 tornado destroys parts of Kershaw County high school

As severe weather swept through the Midlands on Saturday night, one school in Kershaw County was hit directly.

  New semester, new technology: Burton Pack Elementary students utilize new technology is physical education class

Some Midlands students have a new way of learning. Physical education classes are changing and four Richland One elementary schools have introduced new technology.

Caslen releases list of priorities for spring semester at UofSC

University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen has released a list of priorities for the 2020 spring semester. Caslen’s focus with these priorities is to move the university and state forward by building strong relationships across the community.

Richland Two to give every teacher a bonus, more money for supplies amid budget surplus

School board members recently voted on how the district will spend its nearly $17 million surplus from the last budget year.

  ‘It’s 2020 and time to be inclusive of everybody’: special ed teachers plan Understanding Others Day to promote equal treatment

The special education team at Jackson Creek Elementary School is behind a first-of-its-kind event. Students and community members are invited to take part in what’s being called Understanding Others Day.

  SC Governor set to propose plan to expand full-day pre-kindergarten statewide

According to state officials, there are more than 70,000 open jobs for highly skilled people in South Carolina.

Clemson, LSU partner to save tigers

Tigers United is a collaborative effort between Clemson, LSU, Auburn and Mizzou, schools that all use the tiger as a mascot.

  Jonathan Milling declared unofficial winner of At-Large seat for Richland One

The unofficial results for the Richland One school board At-Large seat special election has reported Jonathan Milling as the winner.

  Richland One school board candidates speak at forum ahead of special election on New Year’s Eve

United Way of the Midlands, along with the National Pan-Hellenic Council at Columbia, hosted a nonpartisan candidate forum for the at-large seat on Richland School District One’s school board Thursday evening.

  First of its kind: Students at one Richland 2 elementary get computer science immersion

Students and teachers at Sandlapper Elementary say it has been a success.

  Airport High School Principal returns after district lifts suspension

On Wednesday night, a special meeting was held by Lexington District Two Board of Trustees. It came in the wake of a tumultuous week at Airport High School.

  UofSC Board of Trustees approves sale of alcohol at sporting events

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees has now approved the sale of beer and wine at sporting events starting in January.

  Concerned residents start petition to prevent Clear Dot Charter School from opening on Main Street in Columbia

Residents within the Cottontown, Earlewood and Elmwood communities in downtown Columbia are concerned about possible plans to bring a charter school to the neighborhood.

My Take: Highlighting the success of Midlands’ educators

Recently, principals at three midlands schools were recognized for being among the very best in the state.

  Delay in funds for scholarships has Barclay School fighting to stay open

The Barclays School has been life-changing for many of its students, but due to new IRS regulations, funding has become a concern for the school.

Teaching license suspended of former Chapin High School leader facing criminal charges

In July, Richard Hiller was arrested for breaking into the car of a school employee.

  Parents of Airport HS students say principal placed on administrative leave after using profanity when addressing students

Parents of students at Airport High School said Principal David Damm has been placed on administrative leave.

  Lawmakers vote to send amended education reform bill to S.C. Senate

Members of the South Carolina Senate have voted unanimously to send an amended version of the education reform bill to the Senate floor.

  Sen. Greg Hembree to introduce his own teacher pay raise proposal once SC lawmakers return to session

Senate Education Committee Chairman Greg Hembree plans to submit his own proposal for teacher pay raises once the legislative session resumes next year.

  New report shows fewer public school teachers left their positions compared to last year

A new report from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA) shows fewer teachers left their positions compared to last year.

  Governor proposes $3,000 raise for all S.C. teachers

In a move to try to get South Carolina out of the bottom states in the nation as far as teacher pay, Gov. Henry McMaster announced he wants to give all teachers a raise.

  No fines, sanctions for UofSC after formal review of presidential search

A formal review examined whether or not Gov. Henry McMaster worked closely with UofSC’s Board of Trustees to make Bob Caslen president.

  First set of SC inmates to graduate with associate’s degree through Second Chance Initiative

Five inmates at Evans Correctional Institution in Marlboro County will earn their associate’s degrees. It’s South Carolina’s first in-prison graduation through the Second Chance Initiative with the U.S. Department of Education.

Lexington Co. 7th grade teacher arrested, accused of trafficking anxiety medicine

Aleksander Doughty also is charged with driving under the influence and possessing marijuana.

Clemson student from Lowcountry to compete for $100K in tuition during SEC championship game

The former student at Ashley Ridge High School will participate in the Dr. Pepper tuition giveaway at halftime of the SEC Championship game when he’ll have a chance to win $100,000 to put toward his veterinary school tuition.

  ‘It is really time for action’: SC for Ed sets March 17 deadline for lawmakers to adopt 2020 legislative agenda

SC for Ed members continue their push for education reform, and now, they’re adding a little pressure by giving lawmakers a deadline to agree to their requests.

  Richland Two third graders look to see more women represented on street signs

Some of the city’s youngest citizens are taking matters into their own hands to make change.

  Teacher Clothes Closet provides support, professional wardrobe for future and new teachers

College students hoping to become teachers, as well as first-year teachers, stopped by the Palmetto State Teachers Association (PSTA) Wednesday for the Teacher Clothes Closet.

UofSC commencement speaker is groundbreaking African American lawyer

The ceremony is Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena.

  R2 school board votes to rezone some Catawba Trail students

Some students in Richland District 2 will be going to a different school next year after the school board voted to rezone two neighborhoods.

  New Kershaw County School District policy could send excessive student meal debt to collection agency

The district calls it a last resort for students with more than $50 of debt.

SC for Ed sets deadline for lawmakers to act on ‘meaningful’ education reform

SC for Ed has set Mar. 17, 2020 as the deadline for state lawmakers to act on meaningful education reform.

  Teacher induction program in SC continues success, looks to continue growth

School districts across the country all face the same challenge -- teacher retention.

  Murder of 23-year-old inspires scholarship fund, free event in Newberry

After her grandson was shot and killed in an armed robbery last year, a Newberry woman is raising money for scholarships in his honor in hopes of helping Midlands students reach their goals. A Ride Away Scholarship Day is planned for Saturday in Newberry.

  Some deaf or hard of hearing students in SC don’t have access to qualified educational interpreters

Dr. Stephen Fitzmaurice, an Assistant Professor of ASL Interpreting at Clemson, said the proficiency levels for interpreters working in public schools in the state are below national levels.

11-year-old accused of yelling threat in classroom charged, suspended

A middle school student who is accused of having an outburst in class and threatening to “blow up the school” has been charged.

  Former Gamecocks basketball star turned SRO fired amid allegations of sexual assault of students

Jamel Bradley was working as a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School when he was fired.

Sheriff: FBI called after 14-year-old threatens 2 schools

The Sumter County sheriff says a 14-year-old has been arrested after threatening two schools.

Claflin University Homecoming Day Parade canceled due to weather

Officials have canceled the school’s annual Homecoming Day Parade scheduled for Saturday morning.

  Teachers in South Carolina could get another raise in 2020

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said on Wednesday the South Carolina Department of Education will be proposing a 5% raise for teachers in 2020.

  Richland School District 2 hosts minority recruitment event for male educators

Wednesday night, Richland School District Two wanted to prove that they know representation matters.

  Panel of lawmakers move forward with education reform bill

South Carolina lawmakers are one step closer to passing a bill that they said would reform education in the state.

State senators working to move forward on education bill

A panel of state senators wrapped up tweaks to their version of a new state education bill, moving the state one step closer to changing education.

  One week later, group of Sumter School District bus drivers remain on strike

A group of nearly two dozen Sumter School District bus drivers has not returned to their routes one week after striking over low wages and poor working conditions.

  AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 509 join Sumter school bus drivers in fight for better work conditions

Tuesday, Sumter school bus drivers are asking community members to stand with them in support outside of the Sumter School District Office, after complaints of low wages and long hours.

  UofSC suspends Lambda Chi fraternity after hazing investigation

Starting Nov. 11, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity has been suspended from UofSC’s campus until at least August 2023.