Teacher vacancies are getting worse and worse in South Carolina. They are up 39% year over year at the start of the 2022-23 school year, according to a new report from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement. School districts missed nearly 1,500 teachers on their target, the report said.
According to a summary of the report, vacancies for teachers have deteriorated – although there were fewer teaching positions this year. The study showed that there were 1,474 job openings this school year, compared to 1,063 the year before.
Also, one in seven educators did not return to a teaching or service position in the same SC school district as they did last year — a reflection of how districts struggle to keep experienced educators in place and constantly have to hire new ones.
In other breaking news:
Republicans win narrow majority in US House of Representatives. The Republicans officially won 218 seats in the House of Representatives after a week of vote counting. The chamber is now transitioning from Democratic control to GOP control, but the margin is much tighter than predicted before the election.
Some leading Republicans are trying to ignore Trump’s announcement. Former President Donald Trump this week announced a presidential candidacy for the 2024 election. But some Republicans didn’t take the announcement too kindly, insisting there were more pressing legislative matters — and that they had to deal with the fallout for the party from performing less impressively than predicted in the midterm elections. Meanwhile, SC Governor Henry McMaster backed the former President’s campaign.
SC gets “F” for Preterm Birth Rate. South Carolina has the fifth-highest preterm birth rate in the country, according to a new March of Dimes report.
The state begins issuing tax refunds for 2022. The State Department of Revenue has begun issuing tax refunds of up to $800 to eligible South Carolina residents.
IAAM was blessed by faith leaders before opening in January. Dozens of faith leaders from North America and Africa gathered for a service on November 16 to bless the water and sacred ground at the new International African American Museum. The museum is scheduled to open on January 21, 2023.
The newly elected Berkeley Co. School Board makes significant changes at first meeting. In their first meeting with three brand new members, the Berkeley County School Board fired Superintendent Deon Jackson and hired a new one at the same meeting. The new board also discussed Critical Race Theory (CRT) and said it will provide guidelines on what teachers can and cannot teach. Some lawyers say the superintendent’s firing and replacement was illegal, while activists have criticized the board’s decision on the CRT.
New Covid cases are declining. State health officials reported 2,944 new cases of Covid-19 in the week beginning November 6. That’s down 1,143 cases from the previous week. For the week ended November 12, state officials reported that 17 people had died from Covid-19. On November 14, 249 people (up 16 patients from the previous week) were hospitalized with the virus, eight of whom were on ventilators.
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