A House Education and Public Works subcommittee passed a bill late Wednesday afternoon to require all high school students to get opioid abuse education as part of their health curriculum. The bill now goes to the full committee.
The deadline for moving legislation from one chamber of the South Carolina Legislature to the other so that it can pass this year is fast approaching, a consequence of this year’s first-of-its-kind, shorter legislative session.
Palmetto Promise Institute today announced the launch of a new website designed to give parents easy access to information about education options in their area. The site, which is fully searchable by zip code, enables parents to view local schools’ academic performance, specialized areas of study and levels of parent satisfaction.
A storm is raging over control of a program that has awarded tuition grants for special needs students to attend private schools since 2014, after the program’s director was fired less than a month into the job for accidentally releasing sensitive student information.
A bill prefiled in the South Carolina House would require all public school students in the state to start wearing uniforms, starting with the 2017-18 school year this August. The bill says the state Department of Education would create a statewide dress code and authorize schools to require students to wear uniforms.
While the South Carolina agency that oversees student testing hasn’t officially recommended grading schools A through F on public report cards, the very suggestion has prompted a backlash from educators.
Federal authorities have weighed in on a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s “disturbing schools” law, arguing that the vague statute ends up disproportionately landing minority students and those with disabilities in juvenile jails.