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July 1, 2014 via Aiken Standard

Virtual S.C. public school attracts 175 Aiken area students

Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on the S.C. Connections Academy. Most Aiken County residents are familiar with traditional home-school settings. The S.C. Connections Academy provides a similar experience in a different way – by teaching online. Full article

July 1, 2014 via The Chronicle

SC African American History Calendar July 2014 Honoree: Pearson v Clarendon County & Briggs v Elliot

In 1947, Levi Pearson courageously filed a lawsuit to secure a school bus, resulting in Levi Pearson v. Clarendon County Board of Education. Levi and Viola Pearson had three children (James, Eloise, and Daisy) who walked nine miles to school. Full article

July 1, 2014 via ColorLines

In South Carolina, an Effort to Encourage Black Men Into Teaching

This fall, students of color will for the first time in U.S. history constitute a majority of the nation’s public school students. But teachers of color are only 17 percent of the nation’s teaching force. Black men make up just 2 percent of the nation’s schoolteachers Full article

July 1, 2014 via Columbia Metropolitan

Freedom of Education

“As a mother, I know first-hand that no two children are the same or learn in the same way. That’s why as Governor, I am proud to see more and more school options for children in South Carolina,” says Governor Nikki Haley. Full article

June 30, 2014 via The State

In 1947, Levi Pearson courageously filed a lawsuit to secure a school bus, resulting in Levi Pearson

CONWAY, SC — About 75 people gathered Sunday to commemorate the history made with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the decision in the Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Full article

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July 21, 2014 posted by Regina Hitchcock

The real costs of losing teachers

By now it should be no secret how valuable great teachers are. But what does it actually cost to lose our teachers when they leave the profession? Read more

May 8, 2014 posted by Kayla M.

The Extra Mile

When the bell rang signaling the last class period for the school day, most kids’ thoughts shifted toward after school activities, sports, or any of the other plans they may have had for after school dismissal. Read more

May 6, 2014 posted by Jon Alston

An Athlete’s Gratitude

I jumped at the opportunity to author a blog in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week. I value education and truly believe teachers have the hardest job in the world. I have so much admiration for the work they do day in and day out. Read more

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