Education

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

  CCSD may bring in companies to fix lowest performing schools

  Community fights to save school from possible closure

  Lawmakers asking CCSD to slow down again as board moves forward on major changes

  Deputies investigate social media post about high school student bringing rifle to campus

State senators working to move forward on education bill

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  State lawmakers to prioritize spending with $1.8B budget surplus

  CCSD board decides to move forward with major changes that would close or merge schools

UofSC suspends Lambda Chi fraternity after hazing investigation

  Protesters gather outside CCSD ahead of meeting that could bring big changes

  Pompeo encourages Citadel cadets to embrace leadership, lessons

  James Island residents to get info about proposed new bus lot

Former student who alleged sexual abuse by teacher sues school district

A woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by her former chorus teacher filed suit against the Charleston County School District the same day the teacher entered a guilty plea in court.

  Lawmakers asking CCSD to hold off on voting on proposed changes

The letter has been spearheaded by South Carolina state Sen. Marlon Kimpson who said he’s received many calls about this from concerned parents.

Annual cupcake event raising money for Lowcountry school

If you love cupcakes, you can enjoy one of your favorite treats and help raise money for a school for children with disabilities Saturday.

  High school students with disabilities get new kind of job training

A new program at a Charleston County high school is helping students with disabilities get ready for life after school.

  CofC confirms 7 new Mumps cases; total reaches 18

  CCSD considering new options for downtown, West Ashley schools

  Lowcountry teacher’s certificate reinstated after plea in DUI case

  Overflow room opened at CCSD meeting on proposed school changes

  Reading Partners needs hundreds of volunteers to help Lowcountry students

  Ashley Hall students sail hundreds of miles in leadership program

  Lowcountry father helps girl who was bullied by his daughter

"I believe as a parent, we have to take responsibility for what our children do. We can teach our children and we can do whatever we can to help our children, but we gotta first take responsibility."

  CCSD looking at rezoning, eliminating partial magnet status of 3 West Ashley schools

The Charleston County School District is considering a plan that would eliminate the partial magnet status of three of its West Ashley schools.

  One student hospitalized after large fight on Charleston Co. school bus

One student has been hospitalized and two others were injured after a “large fight” on a Charleston County school bus.

  Classroom Champions: Chastain wants reading games for Plantersville students

Melissa Chastain says her third grade students are eager learners, and like many children, learn more effectively with hands-on activities. She is requesting "Can Do Reading Games," which are hands-on reading activities.

  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.

  Threat against Mount Pleasant school not credible, district says

Charleston County School District officials confirmed an increase in security at Wando High School over a threat they believe was not credible.

Various programs recruiting minority male educators in South Carolina

On Wednesday morning, Allen Taste took some notes from his college professor. Pretty soon, Taste, a senior at Claflin University, will be the one standing in front of the classroom.

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

Two Mount Pleasant elementary schools and one middle school will lose their partial magnet status should the Charleston County School District move forward with its current plans.

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

The Charleston County School District is considering making big changes to schools across the district next school year.

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

Almost two dozens schools in the Charleston County School District could see significant changes if the district’s board moves forward with its current plan.

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

A former Berkeley County school teacher will not be allowed to lead a classroom for the next year after her teaching certificate was suspended.

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

The Berkeley County School Board is considering a change to the district’s mission and vision in an effort to shift the district’s curriculum.

  CCSD considers combining 3 downtown middle schools

The Charleston County School District is looking at making a number of changes to its downtown Charleston schools that would eventually merge students from three middle schools into a single campus.

  Former CCSD official agrees to retroactive suspension of teaching certificate

A former Charleston County associate superintendent agreed Tuesday to a two-year suspension of his teaching certificate in connection with his handling of the Marvin Gethers case months after the period of suspension had already ended.

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

Madison Hines says adding color and light will make learning these necessary skills enjoyable by grabbing my students attention unlike typical classroom manipulatives are able to.

  Celebrity chefs visit Lowcountry high school

On Wednesday morning, the chefs met with students to talk about what they like in their lunches and things they’d like to change.

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

Charleston County schools launched a new way to communicate with students and parents through a total website makeover.

Formal review of UofSC presidential search launched by accreditors

If the review finds error with the search, the school could be sanctioned or even lose accreditation.

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

The proposed plan also recommends building a new middle school to replace Morningside Middle

  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

The Charleston County School District will receive a significant amount of help from the federal government in the form of a grant which will go toward counseling and mental health services.

  SC Department of Education releases report cards on schools, districts

The South Carolina Department of Education released school, district and state report cards Tuesday morning.

  Parents concerned over plans to close Charleston County elementary school

Minnie Hughes Elementary is one of the Charleston County School District schools that could be closing should the district’s board move forward with its current plans.

  Parents get update on bus driver shortage, magnet school plans

More than three dozen bus drivers are still needed in the Charleston County School District.

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

The number of smoking and vaping violations at every school district in the Tri-County increased from the 2017-2018 to the 2018-2019 school year.

  A Summerville mom is collecting costumes for kids

Although many school districts don't celebrate Halloween, some elementary schools host character parades and other special events so kids can dress up.

  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.