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South Carolina’s teacher shortage is about to get worse, study says

In addition to ongoing shortages in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), teacher demand also will outstrip teacher supply in fields including social studies, special education, Spanish, guidance, literacy and gifted-and-talented education, according to the new study from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement.

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Commentary: We need great teachers

Today marks the start of Teacher Appreciation Week, a time we should reflect on the contributions made by those who dedicate their careers – as well as so much of themselves – to helping open students’ minds to new ideas as they explore the world around them. This week we should recognize the teachers in our lives, and encourage our children to do the same.

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Push for charter takeover of failing schools comes to South Carolina

StudentsFirst South Carolina Director Bradford Swann said lawmakers could create a turnaround district as part of their answer to the state Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Abbeville County School District v. South Carolina, which found the state had violated its own constitution by failing to provide “minimally adequate” education in impoverished rural counties.

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Help Improve All Schools, by CHASE WILLINGHAM

Any educational fix passed by lawmakers should be comprehensive and not just affect the 33 mainly rural school districts named in the Abbeville case. It’s clear that South Carolina’s educational woes exist outside tidy rural boundaries, and it’s time that we find solutions that are elastic enough to address the common barriers to quality education across the state...

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