Education

  School board member defends decision to take mic from speaker at community meeting

Charleston County School Board member Kevin Hollinshead defended his decision to take the microphone from a speaker who he said swore at a community meeting on Monday night.

  Family says 6-year-old dropped off by bus miles from stop, passerby called 911

  Student ‘seriously injured’ after kicking, shattering glass door near bus stop

  Classroom Champions: Kathryn McLendon wants basic supplies for James Island students

  Woodland High cancels rest of girls’ JV schedule after fight during basketball game

  St. Stephen plans to honor artist, educator Dr. Leo Twiggs

  Charleston County schools may ban shorts above knee, clothing that ‘distracts’

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  Lowcountry teacher surprised with $25,000 award

  CCSD board approves Meeting Street expansion, removing 8th grade from Liberty Hill

  Mosquito Beach set to get marker from National Park Service

  Beaufort Co. principal apologizes for using form of N-word during Black History Month assembly

  ‘Kids’ lives are in danger:’ S.C. mom concerned after school bus runs stop sign

  CCSD board members visit senators as bill to reshape how they’re elected gets introduced

  Classroom Champions: Teacher wants headphones for students at Andrews Elementary

Technology plays a major role in their educational experience, so these students at Andrews Elementary use Chromebooks.

  One new case of mumps diagnosed at CofC

The College of Charleston says one additional case of the mumps was diagnosed over the past week, bringing the total number of cases diagnosed since last September to 77.

  BCSD wants feedback on possible bell schedule, transportation changes

The Berkeley County School District is giving parents the chance to have their say starting Tuesday night on changes the district is considering.

  Colleton County School superintendent resigns

The superintendent of the Colleton County School District signed a separation agreement paving the way for his departure, the school board confirmed.

Charleston Co. School District hosts school choice fair

Registration opens for third annual Tri-County STEMersion program

Charleston County School District hosting school choice fairs

  Durham lawyers: CCSD made ‘illegal decision’ by choosing another bus company

  Lawmakers ask for investigation into CCSD school merger vote

  Classroom Champions: Kathryn Sanyal wants garden gear for Springfield students

  S.C. teacher assistant on leave after 6-year-old says she choked him

A Charleston County School District teacher assistant has been placed on administrative leave as the district investigates a claim that she choked a 6-year-old student.

  SC for Ed issues statement on claims of canceled meetings with Lowcountry teachers

The education advocacy group SC for Ed released a statement after a state senator disputed claims he denied teachers a request for meetings on the same day the group was at the State House for its 2020 Lobbying Day.

  Lawmakers file legislation that would put CCSD board members up for reelection

A bipartisan South Carolina legislative delegation filed legislation that will dramatically change how Charleston County School District board members are elected.

  All W. Ashley middle school students will be on same campus next year

The Charleston County School District board is set to meet on Monday to discuss a plan that would put all West Ashley middle school students on the same campus next school year.

DD2 postpones discussion of overcrowding plan

Dorchester County School District 2 says it will delay plans to tackle their school overcrowding issue.

Report of shots fired near high school a ‘false alarm,’ school officials say

West Ashley High School was placed on a temporary hold while law enforcement investigated a report of gunshots on or near the campus, district officials say.

  Liberty Hill Academy counselor receives national service award

A mental health counselor who works at Liberty Hill Academy in North Charleston got a big surprise on Friday morning when she was told she received a national award.

  DD2 to host teacher recruiting event Saturday

Dorchester School District Two is sounding the call for new teachers this weekend in Summerville.

  Classroom Champions: Tiffany McCullough wants items for biology class at Carvers Bay High

After a long holiday weekend, school is back in session. Students are hard at work learning the three Rs and everything in between.

  All middle school students in West Ashley could soon be on same campus

Some Charleston County School District board members are proposing a plan that would put all West Ashley middle school students on the same campus next school year.

  Future of legislation looking to void CCSD’s broad-sweeping changes in question

A bipartisan South Carolina legislative delegation may no longer be moving forward with its proposed legislation that would dramatically change the Charleston County School District.

  Citadel files appeal to demolish Capers Hall over safety concerns, class sizes

Citadel officials want to demolish Capers Hall and rebuild the structure to include updates in safety and classroom sizes, but some believe the building holds historic significance to the area.

  CCSD School board member wants better safety measures after gun found at school

A Charleston County School board member says he wants better safety measures, after a teen was found with a gun in his backpack.

  Father calls 911 on school resource officer at Charleston County elementary school

A father called 911 from Angel Oak Elementary School on Wednesday after he said he felt threatened by the school resource officer.

District: No injuries reported when car backed into school bus

No one was injured when a school bus taking students home from Summerville High School was involved in an accident Thursday afternoon, the district says.

  Classroom Champions: ELA teacher wants books for students at West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet

A new year brings an opportunity to try new things, and one teacher wants to inspire the love of reading in her students with books that reflect their personalities and interests.

  SC for ED calls for action after Senate moves education bill forward as top priority

A bill to reform education in the state is moving quickly through the Senate. With a vote possibly coming in a few days, teachers and educators across South Carolina are calling for action.

  General Assembly returns to Columbia for start of legislative session

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate who returned to the Statehouse Tuesday said there are various issues they are hoping to tackle in the 2020 legislative session.

CCSD board set to meet as companies vie to have a role in fixing lowest-performing schools

The Charleston County School District board is set to meet on Monday afternoon after companies were vetted to have a role in fixing the district’s lowest-performing schools.

  Classroom Champions: Four projects were funded in December totaling more than $1K

From calculators to frogs, requests from teachers on the Donors Choose website in December had a little bit of everything. From December 3, which was National Giving Tuesday, through the end of December, your contributions funded four projects.

  Report: Bus company CCSD wants to hire considering dropping school bus division

The Charleston County School District announced it intends to award a contract to First Student, a division of FirstGroup, to be in charge of its buses, but the future of this part of the company is unclear.

  DD2 Board of Trustees to discuss overcrowding in schools

Dorchester District Two is growing rapidly and officials say some of the schools are already full.

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.

  City could approve school bus lot that has James Island neighbors concerned

The city of Charleston’s Technical Review Committee could soon be signing off on plans for a proposed school bus lot on James Island.

  New DD4 superintendent hired amid lawsuit battle involving his former employer

Dorchester District Four schools will be starting the new year with a new superintendent who was hired amid a lawsuit battle involving his former district.

  Reintroduced ‘Teachers’ Bill of Rights’ includes new effort to give teachers planning, break time

State legislators want to make sure every teacher has at least 30 minutes to themselves each day, however some remain skeptical on how that could be implemented and enforced.

  College of Charleston professor criticizes Trump administration’s order to combat anti-Semitism

The new rule of law would combat anti-Semitism on college campuses by keeping federal dollars from institutions that fail to protect Jewish students.

  New software to allow Berkeley Co. schools to track buses, improve routes

The Berkeley County School District has purchased new software to map out and track its school bus routes and improve transportation efficiency.

Fraternity chapter in Lowcountry helps lessen school lunch debt at DD2 elementary school

A fraternity chapter in the Lowcountry helped lessen the school lunch debt load at an elementary school in Summerville on Thursday.

  CCSD may change requirements to become a teacher at lowest-performing schools

Charleston County School District officials are considering three new options to fix their lowest-performing schools.

  3 students charged, Charleston Police officer hospitalized after fight at high school

A fight at West Ashley High School Tuesday morning sent a Charleston Police officer to the hospital.

Classroom Champions: Just $350 still needed to outfit dance students at Summerville High

Last week, dance teacher Laura Kogan needed $588 to complete a request on the Donors Choose website for some standard costumes students could wear during their performances. Now, she needs $350 to purchase them.

  Lawmakers looking at reversing CCSD votes, altering way board members are elected

A South Carolina legislative delegation is planning to draft legislation that will dramatically change the Charleston County School District.

  CCSD votes to remove three grade levels from Buist, approve other sweeping changes

The Charleston County School District board could approve broad-sweeping changes during its Monday meeting that will affect almost a dozen schools.

  Colleton Co. student released from hospital after fight at middle school

A Colleton County Middle School student has been released from the hospital following a fight at school, district officials said.

Documents: James Island Charter students spent $680K on bus transportation

James Island Charter High School’s principal estimates having a new bus lot at the school could save more than $200,000 per year in transportation costs for students.

  Charleston Co. school leaders, lawmakers meet on pending changes

There were tense moments and many questions Friday as Charleston county lawmakers voiced concerns to school district leaders about major changes planned for the district.

  Parents want Charleston County School Board to pause on making sweeping changes to schools

Parents packed the Charleston County School Board meeting room Friday morning to watch the faceoff between board members and state lawmakers.

  CCSD superintendent discusses plan for low-performing schools

In an interview this week, Charleston County School Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait said she wanted to clarify plans to turn around the lowest-performing schools in the school district.

  Berkeley Co. school board approves almost $50,000 for transportation efficiency study

The Berkeley County School Board has approved nearly $50,000 to pay a company to look at how the district can optimize its bus routes and bell schedules to accommodate a growing population.

  Classroom Champions: Kogan wants costumes for dance students at Summerville High

As Summerville High dance teachers prepare for future productions, their students need costumes that can be worn for different types of performances. They are trained in ballet, modern and lyrical dancing.

  Renovations to begin soon at former North Charleston elementary school

Last week a new partnership was announced which will bring students from the Allegro Charter School of Music to the new space in 2021.

  CCSD looking at new location for school in Awendaw

The Charleston County School District is looking to build a brand new school in Awendaw that would have 1,000 seats.

  James Island Charter High Projects total $27 million investment

The Charleston County School District is investing more than $27 million dollars for construction projects at James Island Charter High School.

  Donated clothes helping new S.C. teachers look their best in the classroom

First-year teachers in South Carolina make less than the national average, but soon-to-be graduates and new teachers are getting a helping hand to make sure they're ready for the classroom.

  Classroom Champions: Teacher wants scientific calculators for Harleyville-Ridgeville students

Math teacher Autumn Hart emphasizes to her students at Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle in the town of Dorchester that math is an exact science. She teaches sixth through eighth grade.

Deputies: No credible threat at high school

Georgetown County deputies found no evidence that students or staff were in danger after a student reportedly made a threat.

  Classroom Champions: Elementary teacher wants cool novels for Forest Hills students

Students in the third through fifth-grade age group grew up as tech babies, so reading can sometimes take a back seat. But these students really enjoy Manga and Graphic novels.

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.

  Classroom Champions: Mrs. K. wants preserved frogs for science students at Kingstree Middle Magnet

The teacher says dissecting frogs will give students real world application and enhance STEM education.

  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.

  School board member on CCSD leadership: There’s a ‘slavemaster mentality’

The fate of a Charleston County elementary school is not officially decided, a Charleston County School District board member who accused leadership of operating under a "slavemaster mentality" says.

  S.C. school investigating after mother says son with autism was beaten up

Summerville High School is investigating after a mother says her son with autism was beaten up at school.

  Two Colleton Co. students set to be charged after school bus fight

Two Colleton County students are expected to be charged with assault and battery on Friday after a fight broke out on a school bus.

  Charleston Co. student facing charges after attack sends teacher to hospital

A Liberty Hill Academy teacher had to be taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after police say a student attacked her.

  Parents, community members to meet on future of CCSD school saved from closure

Now that the Charleston County School Board dropped a plan to close a Ravenel elementary school, parents are meeting to determine how to protect the school from future closure attempts.

  Deputies 'heavily increase’ patrols outside CCSD board chair’s house after threat made

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man reportedly attempted to get into the school board chair’s house.

  CCSD board approves broad-sweeping changes, Minnie Hughes avoids closure

The Charleston County School District board could make some broad-sweeping changes official during its Monday meeting that would affect more than two dozen schools.