Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Agenda: State test scores down; Icing on USC's cookie cake; CofC search panel announced

PASS scores down in 22 of 30 categories

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM

When South Carolina self-reported an impermissible amount of icing on cookie cakes given to prospects to the NCAA, were they really just mocking the sport's governing body? (If they weren't, The Great American Cookie Company certainly took care of that.) [ESPN, SB Nation, @Gr8AmCookies]

Thomas Ravenel was notified yesterday by the state Election Commission that he will be on the November general election ballot after submitting about 16,500 signatures last month in a bid to be a petition candidate for U.S. Senate. [P&C]

The other former Republican on the November ballot, independent candidate for governor Tom Ervin released a TV ad yesterday that loosely ties in ongoing issues within the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

With the release of the final year of PASS standardized testing scores for S.C. students, the percentage of students passing statewide fell almost across the board in all areas of the state, with passage rates in sixth and seventh grade reading showing the worst drops, falling below 70%. [P&C]

After firing their basketball coach on Tuesday, College of Charleston announced the formation of the search committee to hire a replacement, including former coach John Kresse, baseball coach Monte Lee, and several other campus administration members. Kresse said that former Cougar and NBA veteran Anthony Johnson would likely be considered, and ESPN reports that the school has discussed the possibility of bringing back former coach Bobby Cremins as an interim for the upcoming season. [P&C]

Fair warning: Carowinds amusement park is teasing its "biggest announcement" ever coming up later this month. [Fort Mill Times]

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