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Re: “Former Mt. Pleasant councilman charged with criminal sexual conduct following ‘prom party’ investigation

I wonder if when he was in politics, he portrayed himself as a conservative family-values man. After all, he was elected in a predominantly Republican city.

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Posted by Tom Martin on May 13, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham and Scott differ on Trump; Teachers training to help Gullah speakers; McMaster playing politics with veto?

Yes, I guess McMaster wants to look like a martyr that he will be booed at the university, so conservatives will admire him more. Maybe that is why De Vos did a similar thing.

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Posted by Tom Martin on May 13, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “'Moonlight' star and hip-hop artist Jharrel Jerome calls Charleston home for now, lucky for us

Looking forward to Sunday Nights performance

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Posted by Rodan88 on May 13, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “DNR announces South Carolina oyster season closes Mon. May 15

Well did we get all of those politics????? I always felt that if I was oysterian in an "R" month,I was safe. Wonder what Bowan's Island is going to do???

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 13, 2017 at 9:32 AM
Posted by Julian Hoppy Hopkins on May 13, 2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Tradesman Brewing brings back its Girl Scouts Cookie beer pairings

Asp, thank you. We've made the correction.

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Posted by Kinsey Gidick on May 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Tradesman Brewing brings back its Girl Scouts Cookie beer pairings

Correction: The event is Saturday, May 13th.

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Posted by Asp on May 12, 2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “How Dylann Roof’s commitment to racist ideals doomed him to execution

He's "preserving his reputation' as a soulless p.o.s.

In the future CCP, I prefer to only hear about him when he is finally, sooner rather than later, at room temperature.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on May 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “How Dylann Roof’s commitment to racist ideals doomed him to execution

Ok. We get it. The dude is literally a moron who thinks black people are out to take over the world and that white supremacy is the only way to happiness. He was so engulfed in this that he was willing to kill 9 innocent people with no remorse. He does not have the same ideologies as 99.99% of Americans because the overwhelming majority of us know that this was wrong and shouldn't ever happen.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 12, 2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

Drake, thanks for the reply. I do agree, our gas taxes could be worse.

But what about the other questions I had?

Percentages of the tax revenue are used for other things that have nothing to do with roads. Now that we have gathered more revenue, will those non-road functions continue to be funded at even higher levels because, in our hurry to get more money for the coffers, we forgot that more money in means more money out for these other things?

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Posted by Jshicke on May 12, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “How Dylann Roof’s commitment to racist ideals doomed him to execution

Toady's society is to blame and that's "US".

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 12, 2017 at 7:26 AM

Re: “STUDY: Charleston Wine + Food fest economic impact up, local attendees down

Yes that is who can afford the outrageous prices the festival now dishes out. Not a lot of locals can afford any given event of the festival. I would bet all these female 200k a year salaried stays in those Hyatt's, Hilton's that have garnished the downtown of Charleston using miles from business possibly to have a good experience in Charleston. Goody for them.

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Posted by pdome on May 12, 2017 at 12:41 AM

Re: “STUDY: Charleston Wine + Food fest economic impact up, local attendees down

Yes that who can afford the outrageous prices the festival now dishes out. Not a lot of locals can afford any given event of the festival. I would bet all these female 200k a year salaried stays in those Hyatt's, Hilton's that have garnished the downtown of Charleston using miles from business possibly to have a good experience in Charl

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Posted by pdome on May 12, 2017 at 12:40 AM
Posted by WickedWitchofWestAshley on May 11, 2017 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

"the rally was a response to CCSD's newest attempt to statistically improve the quality of local, public education". i agree. who the hell are they to tell the kids they need to better themselves? we should be coddling these precious little zygotes until they are 30 as to not offend them.

if you say one kid is smarter, better behaviorally, or suited by good parenting to enter the working class you are a bigot against the dumber, less behaved, and SNAP ready pregnancy class.

I have seen them on Springer. it's scary what they have become. don't provoke them. someone always loses a weave.

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Posted by rukiddingme on May 11, 2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Once again we have clear reasons why our country is in trouble. Why don't we focus on all the amazing and inspiring things happening in our classrooms? No one becomes a teacher for the money or the fame. Sadly, those who became teachers to make a difference and save all the starfish, are leaving the profession as fast as bargin hunters swarm Best Buy on Black Friday.

Testing is out of control. The last 5 weeks of school are nothing but testing in the high schools and teachers battle to get kids to even try to learn anything more once Spring Break happens. The ridiculous pressure to get kids to pass no-matter-what has made teachers virtually invisible and ineffective in the educational picture.
Decisions are made at every level of the system by people who are ignorant to how it works and what is broken about it.

Students no longer have to worry about coming to school when they can make up as many as 144 hours of missed classroom time and still earn their credits! They do not even have to behave or follow the rules as they sit in "make up time". They can talk back, refuse to follow directions, disrupt and shiw extreme disrespect with absolutley zero consequences. No one is kicked out for such behavior and told that the opportunity to save the failing grade is now gone. Instead they are all allowed to stay and once again we reinforce the bottom line which reads:

Dear students,

Your school dictricts want you to pass so badly that we have throw out all standards for you (except the ones teachers are threatened with their jobs to be sure that you learn!). You no longer have to do well- we have lowered the grading scale to 60% as passing; you no longer have to come to school and try- we have unlimited make-up time if you don't bother to come ti school at all many times, or just decide to cut certain classes whenrver you want; We have all kinds of accomodations for the attendance impaired, effort impaired, study and work ethic impaired and even the morally impaired to assist those of you who cannot bring yourselves to do what is expected of you with our newly lowered bar; if you cannot earn a passing grade, have no fear- we have test corrections - simply go to your teachers aftee you fail to study for a test and simply fix your errors and your grade can go up; you no longer have to prepare when the test is actually happening, you can take it and see what you need to know and then go and learn it for the test corrections retest and raise your score; for those who still fail the nine week reporting periods, we now have quarter-recovery to assist you when you do not do the work during the assigned quarter- we give you another month (so you can bring even a 15% up to a 60% if you just finally do the work); and if that is not enough and you still need help- we have credit-recovery to give you yet another chance to finally show you can do a bare minimum of work and earn a passing grade at the end of the year ( even after failing quarter after quarter all year). If coming to school for 170 of the 180 school days is too daunting, have no fear - we have make-up time on an unlimited basis. Don't worry students, we are here for you because we want you to pass far more than you do. Also, please tell your parents that if all of these safety nets and do-overs are not enough, simply ask them to come in and yell and blame the teacher (even when you are clearly at fault for everything regarding your failure to succeed) because that is the secret to success in American society as a whole now. You are not responsible for yourself and your actions in any arena anymore- just learn to point the finger and blame someone else. You are sure to be a success one day!

---sincerely,

Your local school districts


Wake up America! This is simply wrong!

As mentioned earlier in the post of another teacher, the attendance records of the testing students, as well as behavior, and effort all play a HUGE tole in their success rates. If they do not come to class and do not behave or try, how can their scores reflect poorly on the teacher? We do not blame dentists for cavities or police officers for crime rates or doctors for illness.

Teaching used to be a noble profession I was proud of. Now it has been reduced to a demoralizing, humiliating job with almost none of the former rewards (intrinsic of course) that it used to have.

Our country is in serious trouble because we are creating lazy, entitled monsters out of our students. We are to blame because we are enabling them by running a system which teaches them they are not responsible for anything and they are not accountable for their own poor decisions and actions. We will make sure they pass no matter what even if they do not care at all and fail to take advantage of every safety net available to them. The almighty graduation rate is so very important. Their teachers can be the scapegoats because we would never dare to blame the parents/guardians and students for their failures.

End of rant from a discouraged teacher who still tries her best every day despite the road blocks and opposition she faces daily. Although these things continue to reduce her effectiveness and hope for the future, she will return to fight the odds and save her starfish.

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Posted by Michelle Anne Barnum on May 11, 2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

awesome idea!!! given the rush to close everything that would be practical to locals let's start an online pledge drive to have a movieplex. given that the one on james island just closed to build an apartment complex and the downtown area can't support a grocery store because no one lives there lets...Hooray. pretend that we can have a place to watch what everyone watches at home and won't support. Hooray, we have no idea about economics. i want to be a journalist with my head up my ass. I love those picture shows.... Hooray.

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Posted by rukiddingme on May 11, 2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

The guys who own & run the Terrace should run the theater downtown. They do such a fabulous job! It is close to home but I would love to have the movie going experiences I had as a child seeing movies on King street again, too.

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Posted by jmm619 on May 11, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Education is being killed by administrators improper use of data to determine outcomes for students. Dorchester II gave their baseline assessment on pencil and paper at the beginning of the year and switched to computerized testing for the end of year assessments for 2nd grade students. How can you ever expect to get a representative sample of data when you change the method of testing?
Education companies misrepresent their testing and data solutions as an all-in-one solution to assessing students and teachers and districts continue to fall for these falsifications.

Some Basic Statistical and Common Sense Problems:
1) Proper sample size is a MUST.
2) You cannot change the method of scoring and expect consistent results.
3) A student who chooses to score a '0' on a standardized test should not be included in small data samples.
4) Having standardized tests that are longer than the MCAT, LSAT or SAT for 8, 9 and 10 year old children is insane.

Increased use of standardized testing data could be a huge boon for public education. Data could be used to better identify at risk children through attendance and behavioral data and assess intervention strategies to help these kids and families (parenting classes, earlier emotional/behavioral diagnoses). We could find ways to sort students into classes by their ideal learning styles and use different instruction methods with different students.

Unfortunately, poor methodology and over-reliance on insufficient assessment algorithms for an overly large portion of job evaluations is tarnishing a potentially useful method of improving our educational outcomes. Even worse, the extra work that these poorly designed methods are placing on overworked, underpaid teachers are driving the best educators out of the classroom into administration or other professions.

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Posted by Data Scientist on May 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

Navigator, like where you're going with this. Let's add bicycles to the list. No license or fee or insurance needed to ride a bike, yet they drive on roads. My favorite is when a few of them ride side by side during rush hour, adding to the problem.

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 11, 2017 at 1:10 PM
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