Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Agenda: CofC looks at admissions; Priorities set for local schools; Harrell case at crossroads

Haley rolls out anti-bullying ad

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

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In an effort to boost diversity, College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell is considering an admissions policy, modeled after a Texas program, that would guarantee admission to students who graduate in the top 10% of their high school classes. The proposed pilot program would include only Lowcountry counties initially. [P&C]

Charleston School Board members ratified a slate of construction priorities ahead of November's referendum to extend a 1% local option sales tax to fund the projects. [P&C]

If recent media reports that Midlands Solicitor David Pascoe has taken on House Speaker Bobby Harrell's ethics case are true, and an initial state grand jury ended without indictment, experts say there are three possible paths: A county grand jury, another state grand jury, or dismissal of the case. [AP]

Gov. Nikki Haley's re-election campaign released an anti-bullying campaign ad today, highlighting the story of a Pendleton 8th-grader who was the victim of bullying at school. [The State

Some associated with the group Darkness to Light are upset that the organization has canceled its annual $300-a-plate black-tie gala, worried that the move is just the latest in a series of bad decisions. Group directors say the decision was simple, that the party had run its course and was not the best use of resources to raise awareness of child sexual abuse. [P&C]

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio stopped by Congressman Jeff Duncan's Faith & Freedom BBQ Monday, which has become a marquee annual S.C. political event, with the Greenville News comparing it to Clyburn's annual Fish Fry in Columbia. [G'ville News]

The dissolution of a Columbia crime lab and the resignation of its only drug analyst after the department found that she wasnt following standardized procedures to insure accuracy leaves nearly 200 drug cases hanging in the balance. [The State]

Hemingway native Barvetta Singletary, a former senior aide to Congressman Jim Clyburn, has been named Special Assistant to the President and House Legislative Liason. [Kingstree News]

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