Charleston County Schools

CCSD Officials Hope For New Vision in 2018

By Barney Blakeney A lot happened with regard to Charleston County School District in 2017. Much of it had either negative or no significant impact on Black students, according to two school officials. Anjene Davis, a CCSD employee and advocate for public schools said constituents can expect much of the same from CCSD in 2018…

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Glaring Disparities In Education Requires That Blacks Redirect Efforts

By Barney Blakeney When the author of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston report titled “The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, South Carolina 2000-2015” outlined data compiled in several categories that include Educational Attainment, Health and Environmental Hazards and Crime and Policing, most egregious…

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Collins Could Face Ethics Investigation For Asking Superintendent To Circumvent Admission Process

By Barney Blakeney The Rev. Chris Collins, Charleston County School Board’s longest serving member, often exemplifies the board’s dubious reputation as controversial. He took another stab at demonstrating that characteristic by asking Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait through various email requests to intervene in the selection process and expedite his daughter’s admission to the Charleston County…

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Constituents Refocus On An Academically Viable Garrett School

By Barney Blakeney Last week Charleston County School Board, after weeks of controversy and complaints from some in the community, continued a course previously decided and voted to follow its original plan to construct a new Center for Advanced Studies at North Charleston High School. A 2014 referendum was approved to fund three regional vocational…

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QEP To Host School Board Information Session November 16

The Quality Education Project (QEP) and its sponsors will host a school board information session on Thursday, November 16 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the ILA Local 1422 Hall (1142 Morrison Drive). This community clinic will provide an opportunity to learn more about the CCSD School Boards, advocating for public education and running for office…

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Students’ Futures Caught In Adult Tug-of-War

By Barney Blakeney It’s hard to get a handle on what’s going on at Garrett Academy of Technology. Some school board officials say the county-wide careers academy is underperforming and should close to make room for the new Center for Advanced Studies that will accommodate high school students in North Charleston. Some constituents say Garrett…

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Darby Brings Hands-on Leadership To North Charleston High School

By Barney Blakeney Veteran school administrator Henry Darby took the helm at beleaguered North Charleston High School in February where six predecessors have tried to change a culture of challenged academic performance. North Charleston High with an enrollment of about 522 students in most recently was rated at-risk. Prior to the previous school term, North…

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Despite Some Skepticism, Burke Administrator Optimistic About Turnaround

By Barney Blakeney When students return to Burke High School August 17 they will begin a new year with a new administration at one of the district’s most challenged high schools. Burke is transitioning in the midst of a rapidly changing environment. Cheryl Swinton was named Burke’s executive principal last February. Swinton brings a wealth…

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Friends will put Hundreds of Books in Charleston County Classrooms

Charleston County public school teachers will be the beneficiaries, thanks to a grant received by the Charleston Friends of the Library. The Renee B. Fisher Foundation has provided funds for teachers in high-need (Title 1) Charleston County public schools to purchase classroom. Through this grant, 60 teachers will receive $50.00 vouchers to buy books at…

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