Exposing Common Core, an education forum sponsored by South Carolina Parents Involved in Education (SCPIE), was held in Columbia over the weekend.  The event was held at the Columbia Convention Center and began at 9am Saturday.  SCPIE President Sheri Few welcomed approximately 150 people from all across the state who came to hear national experts present the problems with the Common Core National Standards.

American Principles Project Jane Robbins gave an overview of the problems with Common Core and explained how the Federal government coerced states into adopting the standards.  From a lawyer’s perspective, Jane explained that the Federal government’s involvement in the adoption of the standards, and the accompanying assessments, violates the U.S. Constitution and three Federal statutes.

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Converse is the first South Carolina college to reduce tuition by pushing back against the trend of increased cost


Converse College has announced it will reset its tuition price at $16,500, a 43 percent decrease from the current tuition price, for full-time students in its traditional undergraduate program starting with the 2014-15 academic year. The move aligns the institution's “sticker price” more-closely with the average net cost to attend. Converse is the first institution in South Carolina to make such a move.

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Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, today reopened the renovated student dining room of the Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common—the major dining facility on the BJU campus.

Joined by representatives of the University family, contractors and city, county and state officials, Jones recognized donors and several individuals who played key roles in the nearly $6 million renovation project. Following the brief program, attendees enjoyed lunch in the newly-renovated facilities.

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Awards Presented by Greenville Federal Credit Union


In addition to naming Anne Kelsey-Zibert, history teacher at Northwest Middle School the 2013-14 Greenville County Teacher of the Year, Superintendent W. Burke Royster today announced two Emerging Teachers of the Year.

Kaitlyn Campbell, music teacher at Alexander Elementary School, was named the Elementary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year, while Lindsey Arnold, agricultural science teacher at Bryson Middle School was named Secondary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year.

The Emerging Teachers of the Year Program, sponsored by Greenville Federal Credit Union, recognizes two second or third year teachers for outstanding performance. Each winner receives $500, a crystal award, and $500 for their school.

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GREENVILLE, SC  – Greenville County Schools Superintendent W. Burke Royster announced the selection of Anne Kelsey-Zibert, a social studies teacher at Northwest Middle School, the 2013-14 Greenville County Teacher of the Year. Three runners-up were also named.

While studying history at Princeton University, it became clear to Northwest Middle School history teacher Anne Kelsey-Zibert that the best way to combine her love of history and government with her gift of helping others learn was to become a classroom teacher.  “The more I understood what it meant to be a teacher and help students grow as individuals, the more I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to teaching,” said Mrs. Zibert.

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Bob Jones Academy recently held their 86th graduation ceremony in Rodeheaver Auditorium on the Bob Jones University campus. The class, composed of 50 young ladies and 44 young men, heard a brief challenge from Dr. Dan Nelson, BJA administrator.

In addition to short speeches by valedictorian, Daniel Leung of Simpsonville, and salutatorian, Sarah Kuzmic of Greenville, several other students gave testimony of how God worked through their lives during their time at BJA.

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Ten finalists have been selected in the 2013-14 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year program.

They are, in alphabetical order:  Angie Cooley, music teacher at Mitchell Road Elementary; Anne Kelsey-Zibert, seventh grade social studies teacher at Northwest Middle; Adam Massey, business teacher at Greer High; Libba Mattison, science teacher at J. L. Mann High Academy; Clint Nalley, seventh grade science teacher at Bryson Middle; Alyson Nelson, anatomy and biology teacher at Mauldin High; Kim Phillips, special education teacher at Bethel Elementary; Tom Rogers, science and math teacher at Southside High Academy; Mandy Waters, first grade teacher at Westcliffe Elementary; and Jan Woodward, dance teacher at The Fine Arts Center.

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