Education

  Bus driver steps down after CCSD moves stop on to major highway

A Charleston County bus driver has stepped down after the school district kept one of his stops on a major highway despite his request that they move it.

  CCSD looking at eliminating the partial magnet status of all but one Mt. Pleasant school

  Parents invited to learn more about possible changes to Johns Island schools

  CCSD set to give update on proposed school changes, could pass new security camera policy

  Former Berkeley Co. teacher’s license suspended after classroom incident

  Berkeley Co. School District considers curriculum change to meet industry, workforce needs

  CCSD considers combining 3 downtown middle schools

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  Former CCSD official agrees to retroactive suspension of teaching certificate

  Classroom Champions: Beech Hill teacher wants light-changing table for special needs students

  Celebrity chefs visit Lowcountry high school

  You Paid For It: 86 new CCSD websites, mobile app

Formal review of UofSC presidential search launched by accreditors

  CCSD looking at combining three N. Charleston elementary schools, building new middle school

  Former DD4 director of finance sues school district for discrimination

The former director of finance for Dorchester County School District 4 has sued the school district, its superintendent, and a co-worker in a case going to the federal level.

  SC for Ed holds 2nd annual state caucus to expand support for education reform

Five months after teachers marched on Columbia, education reform advocates in South Carolina are trying to expand their support by heading to the state capitol this weekend.

  Classroom Champions: Just $153 is needed to help West Ashley High School students learn about flooding

Students in Deborah Batzer's science class at West Ashley High have a great opportunity to learn how flooding happens. Because flooding is common in the Lowcountry, she requested stream tables kits, to help students gain a better understanding of how water moves in and out of streams and rivers.

  Sheriff: Girl armed with knives threatened to kill boy over crush at elementary school

Authorities in South Carolina say a girl brought two kitchen knives to her elementary school and threatened to kill a boy who had a crush on another girl.

  CCSD receives nearly $5 million federal grant for counseling, mental health services

  SC Department of Education releases report cards on schools, districts

  Parents concerned over plans to close Charleston County elementary school

  Parents get update on bus driver shortage, magnet school plans

  Smoking and vaping violations up in Tri-County school districts, tripled in Berkeley County

  A Summerville mom is collecting costumes for kids

  Classroom Champions: Windsor Hill teacher wants K’Motion seats for students

A typical classroom chair or spot on the carpet may not work for these students. Sometimes they want to learn, but they just can not get their bodies to regulate and work with their minds.

S.C. ranks within top 10 worst states for teachers

WalletHub released its report on 2019′s Best & Worst States for Teachers and the Palmetto State ranked eighth in the nation as one of the worst states for teachers to work. South Carolina ranked 44th overall in WalletHub’s study of best and worst states.

  CofC confirms Mumps outbreak on campus

Three people on the campus of the College of Charleston have tested positive for the mumps virus, the school confirmed Monday.

  Classroom Champions: Bringing Earth Science to Life at West Ashley High

From downtown to beach towns, flooded streets and yards are a common sight. And a teacher at West Ashley High wants to seize this opportunity to use a real world issue to teach her students a lesson that extends beyond the walls of the classroom.

  Charleston County School District may make changes to Buist Academy

A meeting Wednesday night will address possible changes for Charleston County Constituent District 20, which includes Buist Academy, one of the most successful elementary schools in the state.

  CCSD board wants options for universal 4K in detailed plan for early childhood education

The Charleston County School District board is one step closer to seeing a detailed plan for early childhood education.

  Classroom Champions: Charleston Math and Science teacher wants kits for her ninth graders

Micki Boulineau of Charleston Charter School for Math and Science needs something called Breakout Edu Kits for her ninth graders.The kits will encourage students to collaborate in solving problems. They will provide students with hands-on materials to make learning and exploring fun.

  School districts begin announcing makeup dates after Hurricane Dorian

For most Lowcountry school districts, Hurricane Dorian forced students to miss four days of school last week.

  Student arrested for having gun at Goose Creek High School

Berkeley County deputies arrested a 15-year-old student Friday after authorities found the student had a handgun on campus.

Deputies: Rumors of weapon at middle school in Colleton County false

Colleton County deputies say they have determined rumors of a weapon at Colleton County Middle School are false.

  Berkeley County School District dispels rumors of school threat

Berkeley County School District officials sent emails to parents Friday morning denying rumors spreading about a threat at an area middle school.

Company claims DD2 owes $11M for middle school construction contract

In a lawsuit filed Aug. 15, a construction company claims Dorchester County District Two owes more than $11 million in unpaid construction costs for Rollings Middle School

  Moms of NFL players surprise teachers with gift cards in DD2

It was more than business as usual at the faculty meeting at Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary School in North Charleston.

  Police, FBI investigating threatening calls that placed Hanahan High School on delay

Hanahan Police are working to identify the source of a pair of threatening phone calls early Wednesday morning that prompted a search of Hanahan High School that backed up the school’s schedule by two hours.

Berkeley County School District to approve contract for employee drug testing

Just days into the school year, the Berkeley County School District is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on the company that will perform random drug testing for district employees.

No injures reported after child shoots pellet gun at school bus

Georgetown County deputies detained a child Tuesday after a pellet gun was fired at a school bus Tuesday afternoon.

Driver safely gets kids off burning school bus

No one was injured when a school bus caught fire Tuesday morning in an elementary school parking lot.

  Lowcountry students getting hands-on learning experience through ‘Engaging Creative Minds’

This year, a non-profit called Engaging Creative Minds will be working in about 30 schools throughout the Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester District 2 school districts.

Smoke at Goose Creek High School blamed on electrical issue

Students and faculty returned to the classroom after smoke at Goose Creek High School prompted an evacuation Thursday morning.

  3 new schools open as school year begins in Charleston Co.

Students in Charleston County got up early on Wednesday for their first day of the 2019-2020 school year

DD2 teachers receive 1 percent salary increase

Dorchester County District Two officials have announced a one percent teacher salary increase for this school year

DD2 opens new career and technology center for students

New this year, students in Dorchester District Two will get hands-on experience in a new state-of-the-art technology center on the Summerville High School campus

  CCSD back-to-school hotline continues through Thursday

The Charleston County School District’s annual back-to-school hotline to help families transition into the new school year continues through next Thursday.

  Traffic changes expected as Lowcountry kids go back to school

Lowcountry students head back to school on Monday and Wednesday, which means more cars, buses and law enforcement officials on the roads. While these changes are typical, some changes are a little less obvious.

  Send us your back-to-school photos!

It’s almost time for students to return to the classroom across the Lowcountry and we want to see your child’s back-to-school pictures!

  Berkeley County School District ‘weatherproofs’ its class time with virtual learning program

The next time Berkeley County students miss school because of the weather, they may not have to attend class to make it up. The Berkeley County School district has been selected to pilot the state’s eLearning program.

  Berkeley County’s school board approves contract to test its employees for drugs and alcohol

Just days before a Berkeley County teacher was out of a job and accused of being drunk at a high school, the district’s board approved a contract for more than $100,000 to randomly test its employees for drugs and alcohol.

  BCSD works to fill teacher, bus driver vacancies before school year starts

Students in Berkeley County head back to class on Monday, but the district is still working to fill some teacher vacancies and bus driver positions before school starts.

More than 2k students expected to move into CofC dorms this weekend

The College of Charleston is expecting 2,000 students to move in with many street closures anticipated to help facilitate the move-in weekend.

  Bus driver shortage lingers days before new CCSD school year

With the new school year less than a week away, Durham School Services still doesn’t have enough bus drivers to fulfill their need for the Charleston County School District.

  DD2 testing new bus routes, live tracking app

Bus drivers with Dorchester District Two are running their routes this week as school officials are working to streamline a new bus tracking app for parents.

  Charleston Co. EMS asking public to help ‘stuff the ambulance’ with school supplies

With the first day of school fast approaching, EMS and Charleston County officials want to stuff an ambulance full of school supplies.

  Williamsburg County School district to have four-day work week for most teachers

A 4-day work week is the new reality for most teachers in Williamsburg County. The State Department of Education says it’s the only district in the state testing this model.

CofC releases profile, fun facts about 2023 freshmen students

The College of Charleston released statistics on the new students who will attend the school beginning this fall.

Senate panel to debate changes to SC education overhaul bill

A small group of South Carolina senators plan to discuss potential changes to a massive bill to overhaul the state's education system.

  DD2 leaders want property tax law changed amid budget deficit battle

As Dorchester District Two prepares for students to return to schools later this month, leaders are still dealing with a budget deficit of about $600,000.

  CCSD looking to fill nutrition service positions before start of school year

The Charleston County School District is working to fill its nutrition services positions with just days left until kids are back in the lunch line.

Cardinal Newman Principal apologizes after threats surface against school

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

  CCSD set to fund four Mission Critical Actions next month, add diversity training and mental health counselors

The Charleston County School District is one step closer to figuring out how $5 million will be spent to fund initial Mission Critical Actions.

  Annual Sales Tax-Free Weekend runs through Sunday to help back-to-school shoppers

With the start of school just weeks away, the state of South Carolina is helping back-to-school shoppers’ budgets with its annual Sales Tax-Free Weekend.

  Homeless Period Project works to provide free hygiene products to students

More low country students will have free access to feminine hygiene products thanks to the Homeless Period Project. The project provides free hygiene products to homeless shelters, churches, and schools.

  College of Charleston dealing with a shortage of public safety officers

The College of Charleston has a shortage of public safety officers, with eight vacancies on the force.

  Two sexual discrimination complaints filed against Charleston County School District since 2017

Two claims of sexual discrimination against Charleston County School District are being investigated, according to the US Department of Education.

  Sexual discrimination complaint filed against USC, claims women are given more rights

A claim of sexual discrimination is being investigated at the University of South Carolina. It charges that male and female students are not being treated equally.

Lowcountry school districts release school calendars for 2019-2020 year

School districts across the Lowcountry have released their calendars for the new year.

Students may need to register, provide proof of immunization before start of school

Lowcountry school districts are preparing for the new school year and students new to their districts need to make sure they follow their district’s registration policy.

  Lowcountry non-profit collecting hygiene products for school kits

With many back-to-school supply drives in full gear, everyone wants to make sure students have what they need at home and in the classroom.

  City’s annual ‘Operation Move-Out’ helps departing college students, renters clear out for new tenants

Before students attending college in the fall can move in, students who’ve graduated and have found jobs elsewhere must safely move out.

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.

  City of Charleston to hand out free school supplies at yearly First Day Festival

Charleston’s annual First Day Festival will help students prepare for a new school year with free school supplies, food giveaways and fun for the entire family.

  DD2 launches app that tracks school buses after complaints

Dorchester District Two is launching a new tool that will address issues the transportation department has had with their school buses.

  Discipline concerns from CCSD alternative school paint picture of what’s going on inside school walls

New plans are in the works after concerns were raised about a North Charleston alternative high school.

  CCSD school board members asked to ‘stand down’ in letter from board chair

The Charleston County School Board Chairman sent a letter to school board members this week asking them to avoid making statements and holding unofficial meetings so that the board can work together toward a common goal.

  CCSD board member calls town hall meeting about possible school merger

Parents of Buist Academy students are meeting in North Charleston over a mission critical recommendation.

  Berkeley Co. School Board still discussing policy for new time management system

Berkeley County School District has already paid more than $1 million for a new system to track employee work hours and time off requests.

  Backlash rolls in after CCSD board member speaks out about Burke High

Some major pushback is coming after a Charleston County School Board member said he was ready to pull the plug on Burke High School.

  UofSC President-elect sets priorities, promises to listen to students, faculty

The incoming president of the University of South Carolina told reporters he cannot wait to get started in his new role and is already meeting with students and faculty members to listen to their concerns.

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.