Education

  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

  CCSD back-to-school hotline continues through Thursday

  Traffic changes expected as Lowcountry kids go back to school

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

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

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

Continued Coverage

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

  Bus driver shortage lingers days before new CCSD school year

  DD2 testing new bus routes, live tracking app

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

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

CofC releases profile, fun facts about 2023 freshmen students

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

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

  Homeless Period Project works to provide free hygiene products to students

  College of Charleston dealing with a shortage of public safety officers

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

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

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.

  New technology helps Charleston area school track students’ online activities

Schools across the Carolinas are turning to a new way to monitor students’ actions online. It’s called Bark for Schools.

  Dozens of CCSD teacher positions still need to be filled with only a few weeks left in break

With only a few weeks left to fill the spots, teachers worry about the implications that could arise if all the positions aren’t filled.

City of Charleston kicks off annual First Day festival school supply drive

The kids might not want to hear this, but school will be back before we know it!That’s why the City of Charleston’s annual school supply drive is officially underway.

  CCSD working on goals to ensure students graduate on target

Charleston County School District officials learned more about new goals on Monday that aim to ensure students are graduating career ready.

  2020 presidential candidate Steyer visits Charleston, talks about state of education

Within days of announcing his candidacy for the 2020 presidential race, Democratic hopeful Tom Steyer made one of his first stops in Charleston Friday.

  Teacher claims Facebook posts on abortion led to her firing from Catholic school

A former Bishop England High School teacher filed a lawsuit against the school, its principal and others because she says she was wrongfully fired over a social media post.

  Newly-released CCSD teacher survey gives insight into district

The Charleston Teacher Alliance released a new report Tuesday that gives insight to what Charleston County School District teachers think about the district they work in.

  Grant will put free Internet in more than 300 Berkeley County homes with school-age children

A new partnership will put free internet in some homes with school-age children in the Cross community before the upcoming school year.

  SC for Ed asking for same support seen at #AllOutMay1 as discussions over education reform continues Monday

The discussion surrounding education reform in our state continues. A senate education subcommittee will meet Monday morning at the State House. Dozens of SC for Ed members are planning to be there, as well.

  Lowcountry high school band marching in national Fourth of July Parade

The Timberland High School band has made it to D.C. ahead of the national Fourth of July Parade.

  CCSD providing free summer lunches to ensure no kid goes hungry

Thousands of kids could spend the summer hungry if it weren’t for a summer program by the Charleston County School District.

  Colleton County School Board approves measures to upgrade security in schools

The board met last week and approved a $450,000 security plan with funds allocated from their capital projects budget.

  CCSD charter school files lawsuit against school board

Prestige Preparatory Academy is suing the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees for a breach of contract.

  US Patriot Tactical donates active shooter kits to school resource officers across SC

A company headquartered in Columbia is making sure school resource officers in our state are better equipped to deal with active shooter situations.

  Lowcountry teachers asking for mental health professionals in schools

The fight for education reform continued Thursday as teachers from the Lowcountry met with lawmakers, asking for their help to make sure children have all of the tools they need to be better students and adults.

  Local leaders, community members come together during education summit

Student retention, economic barriers and opportunities for youth were some of the issues discussed at an education summit in North Charleston on Thursday.

  CCSD pays out more than $600K in legal settlements since Jan. 1, 2018

The Charleston County School District has paid out more than $600,000 in settlements since the beginning of last year.

  Education summit to focus on issues facing African American community

A Charleston County school board member is organizing a summit to get people involved in their child’s education.

  Classroom Champions: Dancers at Oakbrook Middle School need balance boards

Some bouncing ballerinas at Oakbrook Middle School in North Charleston get to dance part of the school day away in dance class. Their teacher says they need balance boards to improve their technical skills.

  More teacher positions, higher salaries in new BCSD budget

The BCSD school board approved its 2019-20 school year budget Tuesday, and in the budget comes new recommendations that are a result of new tax dollars coming into the district.

  Teachers converge on Statehouse as lawmakers vote on budget vetoes

School might be out for the summer, but some teachers with a grassroots group were hard at work Tuesday.

  Funding available to cover supervision of students with special needs that could have prevented lawsuit, officials say

A high-ranking official with the state’s Department of Education says in the wake of a lawsuit filed against a school district that state schools receive hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to help for excess costs of educating students with special needs.

  CCSD school board sets preliminary changes in motion

The Charleston County School Board took early steps on Monday to implement changes across the district.

  Berkeley Co. Schools’ summer feeding program serves growing number of hungry students

Berkeley County School District officials say they’ve seen the participation in their summer feeding program grow over the years, but they’ve been faced with challenges for plans to address this need.

  Future of CCSD: Newly-proposed recommendations could have big impact on district

Newly released recommendations give a glimpse into what people living in Charleston County want to see changed in the Charleston County School District.

  Classroom Champions: Oakbrook piano students need headphones during practice time in class

In piano class, students work at their own pace, so it is necessary for them to have headphones so they can focus on their own work. Oakbrook Middle school piano teacher Kimberly Fludd says that's why she is requesting these items on the Donors Choose website.

Tuition increase for in-state Citadel cadets to be lower than originally expected

In-state cadets will be paying less for their 2019-2020 tuition at The Citadel than originally projected, the military college announced Wednesday.

Lawsuit: Bullying drives ten-year-old special needs child to the brink of taking his own life

A mother is suing the Charleston County School District claiming it didn’t handle multiple incidents of bullying appropriately which ultimately led to her 10-year-old trying to take his own life.

  Berkeley Co. Schools face more attendance line challenges with new development

Berkeley County’s fast-paced growth is causing more challenges for Berkeley County schools.

  Police officers may be placed in all CCSD elementary schools

Officials from the City of Charleston and the Charleston County School District met Thursday to discuss a resolution that could put school resource officers in all elementary schools.

  State Board of Education suspends Charleston County teacher’s certificate for 1 year

The South Carolina Board of Education suspended the teaching certificate of a Charleston County teacher amid allegations he was inebriated on school grounds during working hours and made inappropriate posts to social media.

  School board decides attendance lines for new Charleston County high school

The Charleston Constituent District 2 Board of Trustees made a decision will send almost 1500 students to a new high school.

  Classroom Champions: Zucker Middle School girls coach wants better basketballs

Coach Travis Gladden of the Zucker Middle School girls basketball team says the balls they currently have are worn out with no bounce. He's asking for help to get top quality balls for the girls, who had a great season. He says sports helps students on and off the court.

Groups pay off past-due student lunch debts at 4 Tri-County schools

Four Lowcountry organizations raised more than $25,000 to pay the past-due balances for student lunches at four schools in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.

Two West Ashley students honored for 12 years of perfect attendance

Two students at West Ashley High School, including the 2019 valedictorian, can boast an accomplishment few students can: not missing a day of school.

  CCSD school board gives preliminary approval to change bullying policy

The Charleston County School Board gave preliminary approval to update the district’s disciplinary policy in Monday’s committee meeting.

Claflin University announces first new president in 25 years

The first Historically Black College and University in South Carolina has a new name at the helm

  Former employees at N. Charleston school file federal lawsuits against CCSD

Two former Charleston County School District employees who had previously filed complaints with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission have now filed federal lawsuits against the district.

Colleton Co. School District requests millage increase to address $1.1 million deficit

Colleton County School District leaders are working to figure out how they can satisfy a nearly $1.1 million deficit for the next fiscal year.Officials say it will likely require another millage increase of 4.41 mils. However, this would be the fourth millage increase in ten years, if approved.

CofC to pay $20K for refusing to recognize club as registered organization on campus

A federal judge has ordered the College of Charleston to pay $20,000 to a constitutional rights group after school officials refused to recognize a student led club as a registered organization on campus

  Classroom Champions: Windsor Hill teacher wants historical novel to engage students

Ms. Andrysczyk is an ELA teacher at Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary School. She wants copies of the novel, Letters from Rifka, for her students. She says that and a big colorful rug are helpful in engaging students.

  Berkeley Co. Schools want to ditch traditional teaching and grades for personalized approach

Two Berkeley County schools are moving away from the traditional grading system to a more personalized approach that will bring changes to classrooms and report cards. Westview Primary and Westview Elementary schools will pilot a competency-based education program starting next school year. It w

  CCSD wants SROs in every school; law enforcement agencies unsure who will provide it

Less than 24 hours after the Charleston County School District approved its new budget, there’s still debate on getting a school resource officer in all county schools.

  Police: Teen charged after high school fight

Dorchester County School District 2 officials say two people were taken into police custody after a fight at Fort Dorchester High School Tuesday.