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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.

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Poet: I can’t answer questions on Texas standardized tests about my own poems

Badly worded or poorly conceived questions on standardized tests are not uncommon (remember the question about a “talking pineapple” on a New York test in 2012?). But here’s something new: The author of source material on two Texas standardized tests says she can’t actually answer the questions about her own work because they are so poorly conceived. She also says she can’t understand why at least one of her poems — which she calls her “most neurotic” — was included on a standardized test for students.

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Former Obama aide interested in Benedict job

Rick Wade, a former Obama Administration official and cabinet head under S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges, is interested in the top job at Columbia’s Benedict College. Wade says Benedict alumni, faculty and students have approached him about becoming president of the private, historically black college after 23-year veteran David Swinton retires in June.

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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