South Carolina school districts
|K-12 Education in South Carolina|
|State Superintendent: Mick Zais|
|Number of students: 727,186|
|Number of teachers: 46,782|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:15.5|
|Number of school districts: 105|
|Number of schools: 1,223|
|Graduation rate: 75%|
|Per-pupil spending: $8,986|
|South Carolina Department of Education|
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|Public education in the United States |
Public education in South Carolina
Glossary of education terms
- 1 Quick facts
- 2 In the news
- 3 State law
- 4 School board elections
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
South Carolina is home to 105 school districts, 1,213 schools and 727,186 K-12 students.
State school administrators
- State Board of Education
- Barry Bolen, Chair, Circuit District 11
- Dr. Traci Young Cooper, Chair-Elect, Circuit District 5
- Dr. Samuel Alston, Circuit District 1
- Jim Griffith, Circuit District 2
- Lonzena Harry, Circuit District 3
- Dr. David Blackmon, Circuit District 4
- James E. Stroman, Circuit District 6
- Neil Willis, Circuit District 7
- Ivan Randolph, Circuit District 8
- Larry Kobrovsky, Circuit District 9
- Jeff Kubu, Circuit District 10
- Tom Ewart, Circuit District 12
- Dr. Danny Varat, Circuit District 13
- Dr. Rhonda Edwards, Circuit District 14
- Dr. Thomas L. Shortt, Circuit District 15
- John Rampey, Circuit District 16
- Michael Brenan, At-Large Member
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in South Carolina as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic information for South Carolina's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students||840||0.12%||0.42%|
|Two or more||19,615||2.70%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
In the news
Debate over evolution in state science curriculum
The South Carolina Department of Education rejected proposed changes to evolution's place in science curriculum standards during a meeting on June 11, 2014. State Senator Mike Fair (R), a member of the state Senate's Education Committee, proposed new standards in March 2014 that would require students to study the arguments for and against evolution. He argued in public hearings throughout the state that students deserved to learn about the controversy surrounding natural selection. State education officials decided against Fair's language, opting to maintain curriculum standards first established in 2005 that do not include discussion of creationist theories in biology courses.
School board composition
South Carolina school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to fill vacancies until the next election for the seat is held. South Carolina school board elections typically follow one of these two methods:
- At-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
- Trustee area at-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, but candidates must reside in specific geographic areas within the school district.
School boards can consists of five, seven or nine members. Board members serve terms of two, three or four years.
South Carolina does not impose statewide term limits on school board members. However, terms limits on school board members can still be imposed on the local level.
School board elections
A total of 23 South Carolina school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014 for 92 seats. Kershaw County School District held its election on June 10, 2014. Board elections in 22 districts are scheduled on November 4, 2014.
Here are several quick facts about South Carolina's school board elections in 2014:
- The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Greenville County School District with 71,930 K-12 students.
- The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Anderson School District One with 9,246 K-12 students.
- Horry County Schools has the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with seven seats up for election.
- School District of Oconee County has the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with two seats up for election.
The districts listed below served 491,536 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.
Path to the ballot
To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in South Carolina, a person must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- A resident of the school district at the time of the election
Candidates file nominating petitions with county elections officials at least 75 days prior to the election. A valid petition features signatures from district residents totaling at least 5 percent of registered voters in the school district.
State law requires local candidates to file campaign finance reports with the South Carolina State Ethics Commission. The first report for a school board candidate is due within 10 days of receiving or spending $500 in campaign funds. Candidates who do not receive or spend $500 are required to file pre-election reports within 15 days of the election. The maximum contribution amount in an election cycle for local candidates is $1,000 per person.
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- South Carolina School Boards Association
- South Carolina Education Association
- Palmetto State Teachers Association
- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 12, 2013
- South Carolina Department of Education, "State Board Member of Education," accessed June 13, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- The Post and Courier, "SC Board of Education rejects adoption of new biology standards," June 11, 2014
- South Carolina State Election Commission, "So You Want To Be A Candidate," accessed July 9, 2014
- South Carolina State Department of Education, "School Directory," accessed July 10, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
- South Carolina State Ethics Commission, "Campaign Practices," July 9, 2014
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