U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, speaking to an educators’ symposium in Charleston via the Internet, blasted South Carolina for opting out of controversial Common Core standards, apparently under the impression South Carolina intends to adopt less rigorous standards. He acknowledged that there are legitimate concerns about Common Core but said that most of the fuss has been motivated by politics, The Post and Courier reports.
After a harrowing year at the helm of Richland County’s historically troubled DSS office, its director, Elizabeth Stroup, is stepping down, The State reports. Stroup entered the position last May, when the county office was in serious disarray, several months before the violent death of 4-year-old Robert Guinyard Jr. at the hands of his parents. That tragedy, which should have been prevented, propelled the Senate investigation into mismanagement of the state agency, which led to former director Lillian Koller’s recent resignation.
Richland County Council has voted to pursue development of a giant water park and an indoor athletic center on the outskirts of Columbia, part of a push from rural districts to see county tourism dollars spent in their communities. Few details have been settled, according to The State. Council also nixed three other big-ticket proposals: two amphitheaters and an aquatic center.
Lowcountry real estate developer Pat McKinney has withdrawn from the lieutenant governor’s primary, citing deaths in the family, leaving the run-off to Mike Campbell and Henry McMaster. South Carolina Radio Network reports that McKinney narrowly had placed second after Tuesday’s vote, pending a recount.
South Carolina has the 10th highest foreclosure rate in the nation, despite a steady decline in recent months, according to GSA Business. Columbia ranks 15th among metropolitan areas with populations of 200,000 or more.