Education

  "I’m shocked that people are shocked:' Grand Strand students, consultants react to college cheating scandal

Federal Prosecutors have charged more than 50 people accused of cheating and bribery in order to get their children admitted into some of the nation's most prestigious colleges.

  Florence One school board officials consider options to fund new schools

  Horry County parents push for more certified autism therapists in schools

Students sent to hospital for evaluation following school bus crash

Educators, senators work together to change education bill

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

  New $25 million center to change the face of education in the Pee Dee

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  FMU to begin more than $20 million in renovations and construction

  Local educators discuss more choices in higher education for students

  Horry County third-grader found ‘Momo Challenge’ on school computer

  ’We have got to regroup:’ District leaders, community look ahead after $198M FSD1 referendum fails

  VOTING RESULTS: $198 million FSD1 school referendum fails

  Voters expect close race in highly contentious FSD1 referendum vote

  U.S. Secretary of Education visits Florence County schools, talks education reform with local leaders

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and State Superintendent Molly Spearman joined local leaders in Florence County Thursday to tour schools and see how the institutions are rethinking education.

Secretary DeVos visits Pee Dee with Rep. Rice

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais will join U.S. Congressman Tom Rice and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Florence.

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

First responders found the bus driver unconscious at the crash site and used Narcan to revive her.

  Threats made against Florence students, superintendent over $198M referendum

Threats have been made against students and Florence School District One officials who are in support of funding for school upgrades.

Horry County Schools release calendar for 2019-2020 school year

  Students and faculty voice concerns over how CCU handles sexual assault cases

Superintendent: Letter sent to DHEC regarding indoor air quality at St. James Elementary

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

  More mold found at St. James Elementary; students moved from two classrooms

  St. James Elementary School parents on mold concerns: ‘We’re not going away’

School board members speak out against proposed ethics changes

For the first time since the filing of a massive education reform bill, the Senate Education subcommittee heard testimony for the first time.

Teacher tells students MLK assassination was ‘complete fabrication,’ NC parent says

After the school district began investigating the allegations, the substitute teacher turned in her resignation.

  School district plans to reconfigure schools, holds meeting to address concerns

The Marion County School District held one of two forums on the district’s plans to reconfigure schools.

  Doctor weighs in on St. James Elementary School air quality test results

Since the data from the most recent round of testing at St. James Elementary School was released, a local doctor said it’s possible that some who have weaker immune systems may develop certain symptoms as a result of what was found in the school.

  SC bill would allow creation sciences to be taught in public schools

A proposed bill would allow for South Carolina high school students to enroll in a religious studies elective, taught by a church leader or religious studies group.

  Former Florence County superintendent sues school district for severance pay

Former Florence County School District Four Superintendent Rechel Anderson is suing her former employer, alleging the school district failed to pay her severance pay following her termination.

  Over 20 areas of St. James Elementary cleaned to rid school of mold

Horry County Schools officials said work has taken place to rid St. James Elementary School of mold.

Father sues bullies after son named ‘most likely to shoot up school’

Because of the rumor, allegedly spread by bullies, the boy was ostracized and ridiculed by his classmates and searched and interrogated by staff, according to the father’s attorney.

Bills aim to add mental health education in middle school curriculum

A bill filed by Rep. JA Moore (D-Berkeley) will require middle schools to offer a mental health and wellness course elective to 7th graders. Those in 9th grade would be required to take a unit of mental health and wellness as well.

More than 500 teachers attend HCS recruitment fair

As school districts throughout the state begin their teacher recruitment for the upcoming school year, districts like Horry County are searching far and wide for the best recruits both in and out of state.

Coastal Carolina and Georgetown officials teaming up to find silting solution

Last week, Georgetown county and city officials announced they want to dredge the Port of Georgetown. Officials hope to carve a path for industry to grow but are worried that silting may happen again within the next two years.

  Over 20 areas in Saint James Elementary to be cleaned following reports of mold

Parents at Saint James Elementary School received an update on the air quality testing results.

  Florence County school districts welcome 4 new school resource officers

Pee Dee school districts are beefing up security at schools with more School Resource Officers.

FCSO investigating after gun was found near Florence elementary school drop off line

Florence County deputies are investigating after a handgun was found on the school grounds of Dewey L. Carter Elementary School.

  Some Horry County school teachers head to SC Statehouse to rally for higher pay

Some Horry County School teachers are skipping class to lobby for higher pay in Columbia. A statewide group, SC for ED, is made up of about 20,000 teachers who plan to leave their classrooms on Tuesday, wear red clothes and ask lawmakers for major reforms to the state’s public education system.

Teacher, aides punished children with autism using dark bathroom, loud whistle, investigators say

The three suspects were investigated after a witness reported them to the school resource officer, according to the sheriff.

  Horry County Schools considering buying land to build new elementary school in Carolina Forest

Horry County Schools is considering buying 30 acres of land in order to build a new elementary school in the Carolina Forest area.

  Boeing grant to fund veterans transition program at CCU

A grant from Boeing will help support a program that aims to ease the transition from military to civilian life for veterans in our area.

Coker College to be rebranded as university

A name change is coming Coker College.

CCU earns Bronze distinction for commitment to vets, military personnel

Coastal Carolina University’s status as a “military friendly school” has risen, according to a news release from the institution.

Boy with autism intentionally locked out of school by principal, mother says

The school district placed the principal on paid administrative leave while it investigates the allegations.

  Public comments show intense opposition to proposed fence along S.C. 544

Of the 74 public comments the South Carolina Department of Transportation received in regards to the proposed fence being built in the median of S.C. 544 from Founders Drive to West Cox Ferry Road near Coastal Carolina University, only one supported the endeavor.

$80,000 Boeing grant will support veterans transition program at CCU

An $80,000 grant from Boeing will fund the newly-formed Boeing Skills to Lead – Veterans Career Transition Program in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University, according to a news release from the school.

  SC school district recognizes ‘hero’ bus driver who saved 40 students after fiery crash

She’s only been employed with the Darlington County School District for 45 days, but for Superintendent Dr. Tim Newman, bus driver Bernadine Reed “has become my hero.”

  Parents of St. James High wrestlers outraged over felon on bus, accusations of hazing

Parents of Saint James High School’s wrestling team are speaking out about concerns they have with the team and its coach.

  City of Hartsville honors once forgotten African American cemetery

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - The Hartsville African American Cemetery Committee held a historical marker dedication ceremony for the Marion Avenue Cemetery Monday morning.Dozens of people, including South Carolina Speaker of the House, Jay Lucas, and Representative Robert Williams gathered at the histo

Group of HCS teachers will travel to Columbia to lobby for raises, reform

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A group of Horry County Schools teachers will join a group of teachers lobbying South Carolina lawmakers for higher pay. SC for Ed, a statewide group comprised of 20,000 teachers, will leave their classrooms, wear red clothes and ask lawmakers for major reforms to the stat

  Mental health services for students a priority for local and state leaders

A bill was recently introduced that would require a mental health and wellness course be offered to middle and high school students.

  Coastal Carolina University president reflects on 2021 retirement announcement

In an exclusive interview, Coastal Carolina University’s president shared his accomplishments after serving the school for more than a decade, the reason for his departure and his future plans.

  SC receives $3.5 million grant to help expand early childhood programs

South Carolina Department of Social Services has been awarded a $3.5 million one-year federal Preschool Development Grant to find and identify early childhood education services for parents.

  Report: Number of teachers leaving schools in SC is growing

A new report highlights an alarming trend in our state: the number of teachers in South Carolina leaving the classroom is growing.

  Parents want to see air quality results from St. James Elementary

St. James Elementary School leaders said in an email to parents that two classrooms in question regarding air quality were “deemed safe by professionals,” and that any discovered mold will be properly cleaned and removed.

  Pee Dee students learn drone technology through STEM program

The drone industry is taking off and it’s not expected to slow down anytime soon. That’s why Florence County School District Four has brought the technology to classrooms.

  QUIZ: Are you financially literate? A new South Carolina bill wants to make sure students are

A bill prefiled this legislative session wants South Carolina students to learn more about finance.

  WMBF Investigates: What happens when school lunches go unpaid

Horry County School District accumulated more than $43,000 in unpaid school lunches at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Flood damage forces dozens of students to share one classroom at Robeson County elementary school

Dozens of students at one Robeson County elementary school are having to share a classroom as work continues to clean up a portion of the school damaged during Hurricane Florence.

  Group rallying support for $198 million upgrade to Florence One schools

As the vote for Florence School District One’s 198-million dollar referendum gets closer, one group is trying to get voters on board for it.

Three white sharks pinged off South Carolina coast

An marine research group says South Carolina has been the hot hangout for white sharks to kick off 2019. According to a January 3 tweet from OCEARCH, an organization that collects data on a variety of aquatic species, three white sharks were ‘buzzing’ off the Carolina Coast near Charleston.

  Group of mothers advocate for special needs school in Horry County

A group of Horry County moms is fighting for more education options in the district for children with special needs.

  State education board suspends former West Florence High principal’s teaching certification

New documents explain what happened to two faculty members from West Florence High School after they were placed on administrative leave within a month of each other.

  CCU issues statement after alum’s racist tangent goes viral

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina officials are asking students to reflect on the University’s core values Sunday after a video of a recent alum is making the rounds on social media.

  Parents address frustration over Marion County school remaining closed after Florence

A group of parents in Marion voiced their growing concerns to the Marion County School Board Tuesday night regarding Brittons Neck Elementary.

  North Myrtle Beach High students give Christmas joy to 194 elementary students

While many high school students spent their Friday night out enjoying the weekend, some in North Myrtle Beach found themselves at Walmart being selfless.

Coastal Carolina University President DeCenzo to retire in 2021

An announcement has been made by Coastal Carolina University that President David A. DeCenzo intends to retire in 2021.

  Florence residents to vote on $198 million school upgrade plan

Florence One school board members approved a $198 million district wide upgrade referendum at Thursday night’s meeting to be placed on the ballot in February.

‘Adulting Day’ teaches local high school seniors how to cook, change a tire, pay bills

Bullitt Central High School seniors had time to spend on topics other than math and English during an Adulting Day event Wednesday.

  NFL’s Josh Norman donates $1.5 million to CCU in honor of his favorite teachers

Former Coastal Carolina University football All American and current Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is naming two out of three endowed scholarships in honor of his favorite professors.

  Horry County Schools enrollment growth slows down

After a long period of continuous growth in Horry County Schools, a new report says enrollment slowed down this year.

Robeson County, Scotland County schools operating on two-hour delay on Tuesday

The Public Schools of Robeson County will operate on a two-delay on Tuesday, according to information from the district.

Grand Strand, Pee Dee schools make list of statewide schools in need of support, improvement

On Monday, the South Carolina Department of Education released its list of Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools.

  Forum addresses current issues in local and state education

The Darlington County School District hosted their annual education forum Friday to address current concerns in local and state education.

FCSD2 schools to dismiss early Friday after sewer line damaged

Florence County School District 2 schools and offices will operate on an early release Friday at 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from FSD2.

  ‘I hate this happened:’ Students, faculty saddened by news of Virginia College’s closing

Thursday was a sad day for many students and faculty members at Virginia College after Wednesday’s announcement the college will close its doors.

Virginia College closes due to loss of accreditation

Virginia College has closed due to a loss of accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools.

Aynor High School auditorium evacuated due to potential hazmat situation

Horry County Fire Rescue is looking into a potential hazmat situation that caused the Aynor High School’s auditorium to be evacuated Tuesday evening.

Colonial re-enactment leads to false reports of shots fired at Florence County elementary school

Reports of shots fired Tuesday morning at a Florence County elementary school are false, according to district officials.

  ‘We saw the relief on some peoples face and we thought this is it;’ Local school gives back during the holidays

Folders, backpacks, and clothes, are all boxed up and ready to be taken home by families when Myrtle Beach Elementary School opens its doors for its community store event Tuesday.

  Pee Dee students rally to stop gun violence

TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Florence County School District Four in Timmonsville held a ‘Stop the Gun Violence’ week to bring the dangers of gun violence to the forefront and to honor families of those they’ve lost to guns this year.