Education

Politics & Government

Bill aims to end election of SC schools chief

A proposal aimed at letting the governor appoint the state schools chief passed the S.C. House Wednesday. The bill calls for ending popular election of the S.C. Superintendent of Education, a thorny issue for Democrats who have not won a statewide office since Jim Rex won the schools chief post in 2006.

Education

Lexington 3 looking at major school repairs for first time in 20 years

No new schools are needed, but major renovations are ahead for aging buildings in the Batesburg-Leesville district, study says. School officials are starting to develop a plan for improvements, the first suggested in 20 years. It’s premature to say if the package would be submitted to voters in a referendum in 2018. The last referendum was held in 1997 to build new schools.

Education

USC, Clemson students grade legislators on support for higher ed

Students at South Carolina’s two largest universities this week began grading lawmakers on their support for higher education, kicking off a new push to give college students a louder voice at the State House. Twenty-nine state senators and 66 House members were listed as supporters of S.C. colleges and universities on the first “Student Higher Education Report and Honor Roll,” released Wednesday.

Videos

Why South Carolina students are learning Mandarin Chinese

K-7 students are learning Mandarin Chinese at East Point Academy, a Chinese immersion charter school with 570 students in West Columbia.
Tim Dominick tdominick@thestate.com
Why South Carolina students are learning Mandarin Chinese 1:15

Why South Carolina students are learning Mandarin Chinese

USC president Harris Pastides makes the case for a bond bill for higher education building projects 1:52

USC president Harris Pastides makes the case for a bond bill for higher education building projects

How USC land purchases affect Columbia community outside university 1:42

How USC land purchases affect Columbia community outside university

Columbia College Challenges and Advantages 1:30

Columbia College Challenges and Advantages