Category: South Carolina

What’s Happened in the Rural District Obama Fought to Save?

In 2007, when Sen. Barack Obama was running for president, he visited the public schools here in flat, sandy Dillon County, part of South Carolina’s so-called “Corridor of Shame,” a poor region that stretches from north to south along Interstate 95. Obama toured the old J.V. Martin Middle School, part of which dated to 1896 and was still in use.

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SC Proposes Changes to Officers’ Involvement with Student Discipline

Ten months after video captured a South Carolina deputy pulling a teenager from her desk and tossing her across the floor — sparking a national debate over an officer’s role in the classroom — state officials on Tuesday tentatively approved new rules limiting officers’ involvement with student discipline.

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Teacher Suspended After Using Terms ‘Stupid’ and ‘Retarded’ on Letter

A special needs teacher at West Oak Middle School in Oconee County said she was yanked from her classroom mid-morning on Monday and placed on administrative leave with pay after she wrote a letter to school officials requesting that her students be exempted from taking the SC PASS and SC READY federally-mandated standardized tests.

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