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One of the upsides to having children back in a physical classroom is that the state's child protective services workers can talk to kids again. A lot of them are dealing with abuse or neglect and it's easier to catch up with several of them when they're in one place, away from the people abusing and neglecting them.

The most recent weekly COVID-19 death rates in South Carolina through August 1, 2020, according to SC DHEC.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 6, 2020, we bring you updates from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on school reopenings, virtual classrooms, truancy, and more. Also on this episode: a look at how Americans feel about the November election; the state of minority owned small businesses; when high school sports could resume; and more.

Vice President Mike Pence in Columbia on July21, 2020.  Right of him are SC Gov. Henry McMaster, and US Secretary of Education Betsy DevVos
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Like some other aspects of the ongoing pandemic, how public schools in South Carolina should open is now fully embroiled in politics.

Despite the continuing spread of the coronavirus, President Trump is urging the nation’s schools to open this fall, and to provide full-time face-to-face instruction. Last week GOP Gov. Henry McMaster, an ardent supporter of the President, adopted the same position, and called for the state schools to provide in-class instruction for five days each week if parents make that choice.

At a July 15 press conference, Gov. Henry McMaster urged all South Carolina public schools to restart in-person classes the day after Labor Day and give parents the option of face-to-face instruction.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 16, 2020, host Gavin Jackson looks at Gov. Henry McMaster's push to have schools open five days a week this fall, despite pushback from Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. Also in this episode: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) backs Dr. Anthony Fauci while calling attention to medical staffing shortages in the Palmetto State; a look at the markets from a local financial analyst; the latest COVID-19 data; and more.

President Trump News Conference Today at 5:00 p.m.

Jul 14, 2020
Graphic of the Whitehouse
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President Trump holds a news conference as schools grapple with how to reopen and coronavirus cases continue to climb. Watch live video here...

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 14, 2020, we bring you recent comments by Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on the reopening of schools this fall, excerpts of Sen. Tim Scott's (R-SC) conversation with FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn about the future of a COVID-19 vaccine and current treatments, news from the pediatric front of the pandemic, and more.

Charleston School Helps Women Sail the Seas of Life

Nov 2, 2018
Tall ship "Liberty Clipper" arrives at the Charleston Maritime Center
Victoria Hansen

Just leaving their cell phones behind for a week might seem tough enough, but 17 teenagers from Ashley Hall in Charleston, a private school for girls, spent a week at sea hoisting sails and navigating by stars aboard the tall ship, “Liberty Clipper”. Most had never sailed before. The trip is part of the school’s annual Offshore Leadership Program.

For years we've known that a good teacher can make all the difference in a student's world. Recruiting and retaining good teachers is especially important, and in this episode, six excellent principals have come together to discuss how this issue is impacting education in South Carolina. Join us for Speaking of Schools!

Two upcoming conferences will be among the discussion topics for this week's podcast as Dr. Courtney Howard from the College of Charleston previews a conference on Diversity - Building Partnerships to Support Youth of Promise - and Susan Alford joins us to discuss the Ninth Annual Empowering Girls Symposium - Solving The Equation, Girls Ready for the Workplace. Registration information for both events is provided in the program and the show concludes with information about the benefits of scholarships awarded through the Teaching Fellows Program.