Education

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

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

School board members in SC speak out against proposed ethics changes

GSU Police get new technology to help serve, protect

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

School officials welcome GA Governor’s plan to prioritize mental health

20-year-old arrested, charged with making school threats in Effingham County

Lyman Hall Elementary students participate in ‘Guys with Ties’

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Beaufort Co. teen arrested on attempted murder charge

Georgia Southern holds meetings to discuss future strategic plan

Evans County officials investigating threat made at Claxton Elementary

GSU offering study abroad program to Havana, Cuba

SCCPSS: Bomb threat emailed to New Hampstead High

Garden City Police crack down on speeders in school zones

  Live Oak Public Libraries receive grant to support students in place of Children’s Book Festival

The organizer says they are waiting to see how this year goes with partnering with The Savannah Book Festival, so there isn’t a definite yes or no as to whether the Children’s Festival will come back.

Bulloch County law enforcement cracking down on school threats

Three students at a high school in Bulloch County are facing criminal charges in connection to two separate threats made against the school.

  SCCPSS Board talks teacher pay increase, school security

Teachers in Georgia could be seeing a $3,000 pay increase and a big boost to school security.

SCCPSS Board discussing hub transportation proposal

The board still has a lot to sort out with the transportation concept. During the meeting, they approved a resolution of support, but still need to work out the details.

  Over 200 students out sick as flu peaks in Screven County

City of Hazlehurst partnering with Valdosta State University to expand growth in community

Students in Coastal Empire participate in SSU’s STEM 360 Program

2 Southeast Bulloch High School students arrested after threats made against the school

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

Summer 500 program helping Savannah students gain workforce experience

  Bill aims to add mental health education in SC middle school curriculum

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24.

Battery Creek students learn about seatbelt safety

Students at Battery Creek High School learning about the importance of seatbelt safety this week.

Beaufort School District accepting school choice applications beginning February 1st

The Beaufort County School District will begin accepting school choice applications for the 2019-20 academic year beginning on February 1st through February 28th.

SCCPSS talks about policies concerning students walking to, from school

The search for a missing seven-year-old girl in Savannah ended Tuesday with some good news. She was found safe and sound.

SC lawmakers listen to hours of testimony on education reform bill

Speaker of the House Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) told the House K-12 Education Subcommittee he knew his 84-page education reform bill wasn’t perfect.

Bloomingdale Elementary donates thousands of pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House

Money from the recycled tabs will help provide a home away from home for families with hospitalized children.

Georgia Southern works to secure funding for projects on Statesboro, Armstrong campuses

Georgia Southern University leaders met with state lawmakers in Atlanta last week to request funding for a couple of projects on both of its campuses.

Hundreds of SC teachers visit lawmakers days after education reform bill filed

Poor pay, overcrowding, and a lack of funding were some of the issues teachers from across the state brought to lawmakers on Tuesday.

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.

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.

SC lawmakers discussing Education Bill

School district consolidation, a student bill of rights, and recruiting and retaining teachers are some of the things an 84-page bill filed Thursday by South Carolina lawmakers wants to do.

SCCPSS students enjoy ‘Mountainfilm on Tour’

Forty-two-hundred Savannah-Chatham County School children got a morning out of the classroom to watch movies on Thursday.

Georgia Southern hosting ‘Piano in the Arts’ on Savannah campus

Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong campus is hosting a special performance Thursday night. It’s part of their Piano in the Arts concert series.

SC for ED to hold Money Matters Lobby Day

With education being one of the primary focal points of Gov. Henry McMaster’s agenda heading into his first elected term as the state’s top lawmakers, teachers from across the state want their voices heard.

Joe Buck ready to lead SCCPSS board to be the “best in town”

Efficiency is something accreditation agency AdvancED said the previous board lacked and a reason Buck hoped to be elected as its new president.

WTOC sits down with former SCCPSS School Board President, Jolene Byrne

In a one-on-one interview with WTOC’s Elizabeth Rawlins, Byrne candidly compared her four years in office to child birth. She thought she knew what to expect going into it, but the experience itself was quite different.

SCCPSS Board President: Universal school start date “the worst thing that can happen”

A Georgia Senate study committee suggests requiring schools start no earlier than seven to 10 days before the first Monday in Septemeber and end on or about June 1.

New Georgia Southern president makes first campus visit

Georgia Southern University’s next president made his first visit to the school since being named to the post this week.

GSU’s ‘Eagle Academy’ helping students with disabilities

Georgia Southern University is helping to provide an education for those with disabilities.

SCCPSS, Savannah PD investigating after suspicious driver reported

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System says a suspicious driver has been reported in school areas, Friday afternoon.

HHI 1st grade teacher charged with criminal sexual misconduct

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Hilton Head Island first grade teacher with criminal sexual misconduct in the third degree.

GSU Seniors in Statesboro upset after graduation changes announced

Graduation is supposed to be one of the happiest days of college, but hundreds of Georgia Southern University seniors in Statesboro learned of major changes to the ceremony that leave them dreading it.

SC lawmakers to take a closer look at school district consolidation bill

Sen. Young and the rest of the Senate Education Subcommittee said they will be taking their time while discussing a bill on school district consolidation.

Dr. Kyle Marrero officially named new Georgia Southern president

Georgia Southern University officially has a new president.

Evans County Schools moving to charter system

The current strategic waiver district school system will soon change to a charter school system.

2 students arrested, charged after Effingham Co. High goes into lockdown for second time this week

Two Effingham County students have been arrested and charged after making 'copy-cat' school threats.

Beaufort Co. School Board votes to get legal opinion on Islands Academy closure

Some parents and board members say the closure violated state statutes.

ECSO gives update on Tuesday’s social media threat, school bus incident

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office released an update on two separate incidents they’re investigating that happened on Tuesday.

Gov. McMaster’s proposed raise for teachers isn’t enough, organization says

A state teacher organization is thanking Governor McMaster for recognizing that teachers need a pay raise, but says the proposal isn’t enough.

School leaders vote to call in outside counsel for investigation into HHI High School’s principal

The full 30-minute public comment period before the meeting was filled with countless parents and students calling for the school board to reinstate Amanda O’Nan until the allegations against her are proven.

ECSO investigates social media threats at Effingham County High

Effingham County High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday due to threats posted on social media.

Over 300 GSU students relocated after signs of mold found in dorm

Hundreds of Georgia Southern students are sleeping in new buildings Monday night after the university closed a dorm over mold concerns.

Retired Chatham County teachers bringing classroom supplies, volunteer time to district schools

Monday, dozens of retired teachers in Chatham County lent a helping hand to several Savannah classrooms.

Chatham Area Transit getting new buses, route system redesign

Some big changes are coming to the Chatham Area Transit System this year.

SCCPSS responds to lower 2018 ACT and SAT test scores

2018 data revealed three out of four Savannah-Chatham County Public School students who took the ACT or SAT were not ready for college.

HHI High School students rally for principal in hopes to get her back on the job

Thursday morning, dozens of people rallied to support Hilton Head Island High School’s principal, hoping to get her back on the job.

ECI student in custody after taking gun to school

A student is now in custody after being caught with a gun at Emanuel County Institute on Wednesday.

SC pre-filed bill would give teachers $10K raise

South Carolina State Senator Karl Allen wants all South Carolina teachers to make the national average teacher salary. The difference compared to what they currently earn is nearly $10,000.

  SCCPSS Board pulls transportation hub item from agenda

​There was supposed to be a presentation on a proposed transportation hub for board members Wednesday, but it was pulled by school leaders for a particular reason.

Hilton Head Island High School principal placed on administrative leave

The Beaufort Interim Superintendent has placed Hilton Head Island High School’s principal on administrative leave because of an investigation into allegations of improper conduct.

SCCPSS holds first meeting of the new year

Savannah-Chatham County Public School board members held their first informal meeting of the new year on Wednesday.

Effingham Co. school system helping students affected by government shutdown

Many federal workers are being impacted by the government shutdown.

New Savannah-Chatham School Board meets for first retreat

Members met for a retreat to discuss social media use, communication policy, and their priorities once school accreditation agency AdvancED finishes its review of the district.

Savannah-Chatham school board holding first retreat of 2019

A new school board president and two new board members will be joining the Savannah-Chatham County Public School Board on Monday, Jan. 7 during their first retreat of 2019.

Savannah State University president retiring in June

The president of Savannah State University has announced she will retire in the summer of 2019.

Former Virginia College students welcomed at local universities

Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University are opening their doors to students after Virginia College decided to close theirs.

GSU’s Armstrong campus gets new Health Professions Academic Building

Governor Nathan Deal was on Georgia Southern’s Armstrong campus Thursday to help cut the ribbon to the new Health Professions Academic Building.

Beaufort Co. School District asking for public opinion in new survey

The Beaufort County School District wants to know your thoughts.

Georgia Southern University another step closer to finding new president

The campus search committee turned in recommendations to state leaders for finalists for the job earlier this month.

Interim superintendent decides to move forward with closure of Islands Academy

The interim superintendent in Beaufort County has decided to move forward with the closure of Islands Academy.

Parents voice opinions at meeting to discuss closure of Islands Academy

Islands Academy in Beaufort County is facing a shutdown after the students scored in the bottom five percent for the last few years.

Beaufort County students donate ‘blessing bags’ to the homeless

Students in the Lowcountry are getting into the holiday spirit.

Beaufort Co. school board votes to reconsider closing Islands Academy

Beaufort County School District officials have decided to ask the interim superintendent to reconsider closing Islands Academy.

SCCPSS seeks to revamp state funding formula

Savannah Chatham County Public school leaders let local lawmakers know what they want pushed through the next legislative session.

Bulloch Co. school institutes new rules for student drop-off

One district in Bulloch County is changing how far a parent can escort their child when walking down the halls and into class.

SCCPSS votes to install new gym floors after learning of mercury contamination

Savannah-Chatham County Public School officials met on Wednesday to discuss several topics.

Student enrollment down at GSU; consolidation could be to blame

Less than two years ago next month, Armstrong State and Georgia Southern learned the University System of Georgia planned to consolidate them into one school.

Beaufort County School District holds public forums to find next superintendent

The Beaufort County School District is asking for the public’s help on finding its next superintendent.