South Carolinian Teachers Don’t Get Paid Peanuts

Teachers outside of colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education throughout the United States typically bring home low salaries. Even though public education is unarguably vital to the virality, success, and sustenance of future generations all around the world, it seems as if administrators in education and politicians simply don’t value the roles of teachers as much as society feels they should.

 

Despite the average teacher’s salary being generally laughably low when considering how much work they pour into their professions and the average pay of people who work similarly hard and attend college for up to seven years, South Carolina offered the 47th-highest salary to beginning teachers in its public schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

 

South Carolina ranked in at just $33,057 in the most recent school year statistics are available for. Statistics for the most recent academic year, that of 2017-2018, should be available in the next calendar year, around one year from the time of this piece’s publication.

 

Although “money isn’t always everything,” according to Dr. George Metz, School of Education Dean of South Carolina’s own Charleston Southern University, “it’s nice not to go paycheck to paycheck or have two jobs.”

 

“Surely,” some readers might be thinking, “the average salary of a teacher in South Carolina upon hiring must be disproportionally weighted down by particularly low-income hires.” However, this reasoning couldn’t be more false.

 

The median starting salary of teachers across the United States, per the National Education Association, is roughly $38,617. Although some individuals were paid this much in their first years of teaching in the state of South Carolina in 2017, no county across the state paid more than the national average, even those with the highest budgets to work with or located in high-income areas.

South Carolina’s Cake Decorating Controversy

For most parents, a child’s graduation is a time to party. You and your child both survived high school! This means, after first releasing the obligatory sigh of relief, digging in to a sugary piece of the celebratory cake. At least, that was the plan for one proud South Carolina mom. There was just one small problem; her son, senior Jacob Koscinski, was graduating with his school’s highest honors. His grade-point average, a lofty 4.79, earned Jacob the Summa Cum Laude distinction.

 

Jacob’s mom, Cara Koscinski, didn’t think twice about ringing her local grocery store in Charleston, South Carolina and requesting a cake with the Latin title, a common distinction awarded to high-achieving graduates around the world. The store, a part of the Publix chain of grocers spread across the south eastern United States, had other ideas. The bakery department at Publix believed the usage of the term “cum” to be too offensive for a cake, replacing the Latin word with a series of dashes.

 

Cara Koscinksi was not informed of the change and, having sent someone else to retrieve the cake, wasn’t even aware her message had been censored until presenting the cake to her son. Jacob and his family, according to the surprised mom, eventually found the humor in the situation but not before a few awkward conversations with those family members who were not aware of the term’s lewd double-meaning.

 

Publix, a beloved grocery chain in South Carolina, was willing to admit its mistake after Cara filed a complaint. The store refunded the Koscinski family the full cost of the cake, and Jacob is certain not to forget how controversial his achievement was.

South Carolina Has New Emergency App

If you need to evacuate or you lose power, then you will be happy to know that there is an app for that. The name of the app is #SCEmergency. You will get alerts when there is an emergency. You will also be able to get emergency tips.

 

Additionally, the app can tell you what route to take if there is an emergency and what items you need. You can download the app for free on Google Play or Apple. You can install it on your smart phone. Derrec Becker is the spokesman for the SC Emergency Management Division. He stated that the app has been in the making for the past two years.

 

Not only has the SC Emergency Management Department created an app, but they have also revamped their website. It cost them $100,000 to revamp the website. They stated that this app allows people to take more responsibility when a disaster hits.

 

Kim Stenson is the division director. She stated that this is a life safety issue. Many people choose to stay when they are told to evacuate. When Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016, only 50 percent of people choose to evacuate. The same thing happened when Hurricane Irma hit back in 2017.

 

Kim stated that disaster preparedness is something that she is concerned about. She stated that it is important to be prepared because you do not know when you will be able to get help. Many people have to wait several hours or days before they get help.

Warren’s Second Attack Website Launches in GOP Primary

Party primaries have sloped towards ideological purity over any singular philosophy, record, or temperament of candidates, and the South Carolina Republican primary for governor doesn’t seem to be any different anymore.

 

John Warren, the businessman from Greenville hoping for his shot at incumbent governor Henry McMaster, recently launched a website directed at other party primary opponent, labor attorney Catherine Templeton. The attack website, TempletonDoesntCutIt.com, is simply a number of pages that lay out instances that the site’s author insists prove that Templeton isn’t ideologically pure enough to represent the Republican party in Columbia. Among other items, it attacks Templeton for voting for Democrats, no-bid contracts with state agencies, and criticisms she levied at now-President Donald Trump during the 2016 primary season, calling him a “big personality” and predicting his campaign would burn out against the serious contenders back in 2015.

 

The website is the second such site that Warren has tried, launching HypocriteHenry.com earlier in the season to attack the incumbent governor over his apparent incongruity between statements the governor has made and policies he has implemented.

 

The attack is not uncommon, and it is expected to be a very common one in a mid-term election season that many suspect will be defined by one’s loyalty or opposition to the current Trump administration.

 

But Warren may find he has bit off more than he can handle, Templeton served in Nikki Haley’s administration, who resigned her post as governor of South Carolina in 2017 to become Trump’s pick as ambassador to the United Nations. McMaster himself was popularly elected as Haley’s lieutenant governor, and assumed her role when she was confirmed by the Senate. South Carolina Republicans play by their own rule book, and Warren will need more than ideological games to jockey ahead of Templeton and the incumbent governor.

Gamecocks Sign Big Time Recruits

For the past few seasons, one of the more interesting teams in college football has continued to be the South Carolina Gamecocks. In this time period, the team has continued to be led by head coach Will Muschamp. While he had a difficult first year in which he won just six games while losing seven, he continues to show a significant amount of promise and progress as his team improved its record significant than last year. Last year, the team was far more competitive in the SEC and finished with an overall record of 9 wins and 4 losses. This also included a very big win against the University of Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

 

While football fans have been taking notice of the improvement in South Carolina, so have recruits and the team now looks like it will continue to be very tough to deal with in coming years (https://247sports.com/Article/South-Carolina-Gamecocks-moves-into-Top10-of-247Sports-Composite-Football-Recruiting-Rankings-118602845). While the football program should have a pretty good set of freshmen joining the roster for the 2018 season, it now appears that they could have one of the best freshman classes in school history of the following year. At this point, the South Carolina Gamecocks 2019 freshman recruiting class is ranked number 7 in the country and it recently received a significant bump by signing a few big recruits.

 

One of the biggest recruits that the team was able to sign was Zach Pikkens, who is a very talented defensive end that also had a number of offers from top programs including Clemson and Georgia. Another top player was defensive back Jahmar Brown who is from Fort Lauderdale and reportedly had received more than 20 full-ride offers from some of the top programs across the country. These players should be defensive cornerstones for the franchise for years to come.

 

Drones Are Monitoring South Carolina Prisons

Drones are like many other items used by people, in that the use they are put to determines if they are considered a help or a hindrance. After several recent incidents involving drones used to deliver unauthorized items to prison inmates, legislators in South Carolina passed a ban against private drones flying over any detention or prison facilities. Coinciding with this ban, many prisons in South Carolina have instituted the use of sensors to detect the presence of drones over their grounds.

 

In a new twist on the use of drones, though, the South Carolina Corrections Department is now using drones to monitor inmates at correctional facilities, according to this U.S.News Best States article. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling demonstrated to reporters on Thursday, May 24, how the drones are used to monitor both the prison itself and the areas outside, in order to prevent contraband from being tossed over the walls. Stirling says that the Department of Corrections has hired two pilots who will travel between 21 prisons in South Carolina and monitor the areas with drones from 400 feet above by using video displays and remote controls.

 

Stirling said that the Corrections Department has been continuing with this effort for some months now and that the cost to the state is minimal. According to Stirling, South Carolina is the first state to use drones in such a manner, as reported to him by the Association of State Correctional Administrators. During this demonstration for the reporters, the pilots controlled the drone while it hovered several hundred feet above and showed the reporters the detailed and clear images that the drone collected.

 

These drones use night-vision and sensors for heat detection to monitor areas for the presence of people in certain areas. Along with being used to prevent contraband from entering or leaving the prison, the drones will also monitor for signs of violence in the facilities.

Cop Buys Meal For Homeless Man

CJ Mullinax is a South Carolina police officer. He received a call from a Hardees in Horry County. People were complaining that there was a homeless man there who was begging for scaps.

 

Officer Mullinax did not remove the man from the restaurant. He bought the man a meal instead. Fast food employees had been feeding the man for days. Customers decided to call 911 and complain. Victoria Paige Summer recorded the encounter on camera. She stated that she was happy with the amount of compassion that the officer had. She was also happy with the fact that the officer brought the man a meal.

 

The video has been viewed over 90,000 times. Many people have applauded the officer for not kicking the man out of the restaurant. The homeless man is a veteran named Donald. He served in the Army from 1979 to 1981. He worked in the construction industry after he got out of the Army.

 

Donald ended up homeless after falling on hard times. His family does not talk to him. Locals say that Donald is a good man. This is not the first time that Officer Mullinax has been recognized for doing a good deed. He was seen playing football with neighborhood kids back in 2015. This was also caught on video.

 

Several people have stated that Officer Mullinax is a good man. They have stated that Officer Mullinax shows that police officers are not just there to protect. They are also there to serve the communities and people.

Nine-Year-Old Boy Raises $6,000 By Selling Lemonade

A 9-year-old boy named Andrew Emergy in South Carolina managed to raise over $6,000 by selling lemonade. The funds will go towards helping the Andrew’s brother, who is named Dylan. Andrew raised a total of $5,850 for Dylan. The funds will be added to the $1,300 that the family raised from a benefit concert. They also raised $5,600 from Gofundme.

 

Dylan suffers from Krabbe Disease. This is a rare disease that affects the nervous system. Dylan and Andrew’s parents have created a Facebook page called Team DYLAN.

 

Dylan’s parents have stated that they are thankful for the prayers, donations, phone calls and well-wishes. They also stated that they will never be able to repay people for all of the kind things that they have done for the family. Dylan is currently being treated at a hospital in Pittsburgh. The family is waiting to get advice from the specialists.

 

Andrew stated that he wanted to do everything that he could to help. He stated that it his duty to help because Dylan is his brother. Not only does Andrew want to help pay for his brother’s medical bills, but he also wants to buy his brother a teddy bear.

 

Andrew’s good deeds have not gone unnoticed. Jeanie Davis is a teacher at Woodsfield Elementary, which is the school that Andrew attends. She stated that everyone is praying for Dylan, and they will do everything that they can to help Andrew. The Emergy family plans on having a barbecue to raise money on June 2.

South Carolina City Chosen By Uber For New Safety App test

A select group of people in South Carolina will be the test subjects for a new project designed to make an Uber ride safer.

 

The city of Charleston has been selected as a test site by Uber for a new 911 app keyed specifically to Uber rides. The app will automatically upload a rider’s trip details and his or her location to a emergency dispatcher. The app will be super easy and quick to use if the rider feels threatened during the ride. Some observers call it, “the panic button.”

 

Officials with Uber declined to say why South Carolina’s largest city is the perfect location to test the new security app, but they the 911 application will go nationwide if all goes well. The application is designed to enhance both rider and driver safety.

 

Making the app work involves solving a number of critical logistical and technological problems. For one thing, Uber needs software that can search databases geographically to enable riders to connect with local emergency services while essentially being a moving target.

 

Uber has been growing rapidly in popularity in South Carolina for several years. It surpassed the 1 million ride mark there almost three years ago and has completed millions more rides since. The company has experienced some growing pains here, however.

 

For example, South Carolina does not allow cab drivers to accept cash of any kind, including tips. But the Uber does not allow for accepting electronic tips. That means driver must technically break the law when the take a cash gratuity, so many are doing it “under the radar.”

 

As for the new 911 app, it’s all part of Uber’s effort to go the extra mile in dealing with one of the challenges the company has faced often — the issue of safety.

 

South Carolina Candidates Debate Need For Experience

South Carolina is having an interesting debate on the Democratic side of their primaries for Governor. The candidates who are seen by many as behind the frontrunner are taking jabs at him by saying that he is a standard politician while they are outsiders.

 

Phil Noble is a Charleston-area businessman while Marguerite Willis is a Florence attorney who are both seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor. They say that they are better suited for the role than is the Democratic frontrunner James Smith because he has spent twenty-two years in the South Carolina House of Representatives without any real results to show for it. Granted, Smith has been in the minority party during that time, but his opponents still suggest that he just doesn’t have the fire in his belly so to speak to really win a Governor’s race.

 

The theme of this race is one that these two outsiders hope will appeal to South Carolina voters. Their arguments that they are the better positioned to take over the Governor’s mansion because they do not have direct political experience is an interesting one. On the one hand, you have those who say that you would not turn over a medical procedure to someone who is not licensed as a doctor. On the other hand you have those who say that someone who has been within the system as long as Smith as without real change simply has to go. It is an ideological battle in many ways.

 

Whomever the Democrats nominate will have an uphill battle to win the Governor’s mansion in a state that is pretty solidly Republican. It seems likely that the Republican nominee is more likely to become the next Governor of South Carolina. It is going to be an interesting race to keep an eye on regardless.