One student’s bumpy road to financial stability

Chelsey Wierzbinski, who is on track to graduate from USC in May 2016, doesn’t fit in with the mainstream media’s portrait of modern college students, one that paints them maxing out their parents’ credit cards on bar tabs and clothes.

After two decades, still brainstorming for education reform

The S.C. Supreme Court ordered the state legislature to provide alternatives to the “fractured formula” now used to calculate the funding of public schools. But progress has been slow in finding a solution to the disparities between rich and poor schools districts. We examine the workings of the South Carolina Education Policy Review and Reform Task Force.

Business as usual: Dillon educators look for a bright future despite lack of industry and inadequate funding

DILLON – Prosperity still eludes rural South Carolina communities such as Dillon, affecting the children who grow up and go to school there. Because industrial development is limited and jobs are scarce, funding for education is also strained. Educators and community leaders talk about the challenge of recruiting teachers, developing a strong academic program, and instilling dreams in students whose post-graduation opportunities can’t compare to those who reside in more affluent school districts.