Education

  Proposed 2019-2020 Richmond County Schools budget features pay increases

  Richmond County Schools early college program gives students a head start

USC Aiken reveals new logo: A new look for a new era

  South Carolina school districts prepare for ‘walk out’

  SC teachers plan walkout May 1, state superintendent responds

  Hundreds of students, faculty, staff celebrate Martinez Elementary’s STEM certification

Continued Coverage

  School bus concerns brought to Richmond County School Board once again

Paine College cancels classes after student death

  Medical College of Georgia cancer researchers making breakthroughs in breast cancer

  Weapon found on campus at Thomson - McDuffie Middle School

  Richmond County Schools hosting events for Autism Awareness

UPDATE: Water main break in Grovetown near elementary school

Richmond County Pre-K registration in final week

The last days for Richmond County parents to register their child for Pre-K are Monday, Apr. 1 and Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019.

  Richmond County School System holds Spring Career Fair

Richmond County School System Spring Career Fair

Columbia County School District breaks classroom conventions with new high school learning options

These options require parent permission and the school system says students can be moved back to a traditional schedule if it doesn't work out.

  Additions coming to Richmond County Schools

Some schools are getting gymnasiums and ball fields, as part of ESPLOST 5.

  Richmond County Schools: Rightsizing is a benefit to the school system

  Richmond County students studying aerospace visit airport

  UPDATE: North Augusta High School student accused of making threat

3rd annual Servers for Kids Celebrity Dinner a success

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

Inaugural Columbia County Career and College Expo happening Tuesday

Georgia Senate passes bill to incorporate computer science courses into school curriculum

The Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 108 to incorporate computer science courses into curricula for middle and high school students statewide.

  Paine College competing in Home Depot Retool Your School Competition

Paine College is looking to win $50,000 from competition to use on campus improvement.

  Augusta University hosts Junior Model United Nations Conference

The annual conference teaches middle schoolers about world issues by simulating a United Nations conference.

  Martinez Elementary now STEM-certified

Martinez Elementary School has become the elementary school in Columbia County to become STEM-certified.

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

First responders found the bus driver unconscious at the crash site and used Narcan to revive her.

Changes proposed for SC education bill after 5 hours of testimony

Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference to discuss education reform in South Carolina on Wednesday.

Georgia Senate unanimously passes Dyslexia legislation

The Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 48 Wednesday which requires the State Board of Education to develop policies for identifying dyslexia in Georgia’s students.

  A. R. Johnson Magnet School kicks off engineering week

Representatives from Club Car showed off some of the company’s latest and greatest gadgets and services.

  Richmond County Schools celebrate accomplishments of past year and plan for the future

School leaders announced the state of the Richmond County School system in Augusta Tuesday.

CSRA schools say new school bus safety bill protects students

School leaders across the CSRA say it provides more protection for students.

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

  Career fair highlights skilled trades to high school students

Students got the opportunity to visit workstations in careers such as construction, welding, and cosmetology.

Teacher tells students MLK assassination was ‘complete fabrication,’ NC parent says

After the school district began investigating the allegations, the substitute teacher turned in her resignation.

School officials welcome GA Governor’s plan to prioritize mental health

Georgia’s governor wants to see mental health professionals in public schools to help students and possibly save lives.

S.C. bill pushes for Palmetto State teachers to earn national average

A new bill in South Carolina could give teachers more money if it is passed. The average teacher salary in South Carolina is $51,027.

  North Augusta High School coach’s program helps prepare student athletes for college

North Augusta High School coach Lafayette Stewart, Jr. is working to make sure that every student has the opportunity to get a scholarship and play in college.

  Paine College celebrates its accreditation

Paine College is continuing to celebrate and the recent announcement that their accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools remains valid.

Georgia governor proposes funding to bring more mental health professionals into schools

In his campaign, Governor Kemp made mental health and school safety priorities in his platform. On Monday, he announced more funding for a plan to bring mental health professionals to your child’s school.

  Local school STEM minded for International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Monday was International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It’s a day set aside to celebrate women and girls who are leading innovation.

Paine College’s Homecoming slogan “perfect” for circumstances

"Defend the Den" is the slogan for Paine College's 2019 Homecoming.

Paine College hosts 16th Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala

Dr. Hardee hopes attendees will help them meet their $75,000 fundraising goal from the United Negro College Scholarship Fund.

Paine College regains its accreditation

Paine College is expected to make an announcement about the school's accreditation at a press conference Friday night.

Father sues bullies after son named ‘most likely to shoot up school’

Because of the rumor, allegedly spread by bullies, the boy was ostracized and ridiculed by his classmates and searched and interrogated by staff, according to the father’s attorney.

  Congressman Rick Allen visits cyber academy

Congressman Rick Allen was in Augusta Monday to tour the Cyber Academy of Excellence. The academy prepares Richmond County middle and high school students for jobs in cybersecurity.

Allendale County Schools find talented teachers at inaugural recruitment expo

The expo is part of the district's 3-year strategic plan to bring the best and brightest teachers in to educate the 1,200 students enrolled.

Burke County High School adds Narcan to nurses’ kits

Burke County High School is joining schools nationwide in adding an overdose reversing drug to their nurses kits.

  Therapy dog changes lives at Langford Middle School

A chance encounter between a teacher and a therapy dog trainer is changing lives at one local middle school.

Warren County schools closed due to gas leak

Warren County schools will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30 due to a broken gas line.

Teacher, aides punished children with autism using dark bathroom, loud whistle, investigators say

The three suspects were investigated after a witness reported them to the school resource officer, according to the sheriff.

Boy with autism intentionally locked out of school by principal, mother says

The school district placed the principal on paid administrative leave while it investigates the allegations.

Some Columbia County students spent their school day touring businesses

Dozens of Columbia County students spent their day outside of the classroom, and on job sites learning more about careers that correspond to classes they're taking. It was all part of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's 5th annual Students in Business day.

SC lawmakers discussing Education Bill

School district consolidation, a student bill of rights, and recruiting and retaining teachers are some of the things an 84-page bill filed Thursday by South Carolina lawmakers wants to do.

SRP presents check to Aiken County schools from affinity debit card program

SRP Federal Credit Union presented a check to Aiken County Public Schools at an event Thursday afternoon.

  Davidson Fine Arts students visit Cyber Center

Around 180 8th-graders from Davidson Fine Arts School visited the Cyber Center for a field trip Wednesday. It was a day full of learning in unique and fun ways.

  Board of Education approves Columbia County school rezoning

It’s official. More than 90 Columbia County students will be attending a new school next year.

Doctor’s Hospital the latest to partner with Jessye Norman School of the Arts for the Painted Piano project

Doctor's Hospital joins six locations in the CSRA that now have painted pianos for community members to enjoy.

Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses a student audience at Benedict College Tuesday

Sanders (I-VT) spoke to students at an event called “A conversation with students.”

  New program gives high school students a head start for cybersecurity career

A dozen high school juinors and seniors from across Aiken County are getting a head start thanks to a new cybersecurity program at Aiken Technical College.

South Carolina is 2019’s 9th least educated state in America, study says

South Carolina has been ranked the 9th least educated state in America, according to a new study.

Columbia County School Rezoning Moving Forward

Columbia County Schools is now ready to vote on the rezoning plan involving Euchee Creek and North Harlem elementary schools.The original plan was proposed in November and revised a few weeks later... after parents gave their input to the school board.

  Richmond County BoE holds rezoning meeting

The Richmond County Board of Education held one of many public hearings to educate the public on rezoning students to a new school.

  Ribbon cutting at Georgia Cyber Center 2nd building

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the second building at the Georgia Cyber Center.

Classes cancelled Monday at Thomas Jefferson Academy

Thomas Jefferson Academy in Louisville has cancelled classes for Monday, January 7, 2019

  McCormick County schools in $2 million deficit

McCormick County schools have been dealing with a deficit for more than 3 years, totaling around $2 million. It’s a FOX 54 exclusive and our Miya Payton investigates and spoke with county leaders about what is being done.

  Columbia County rezoning proposal revised, now only two schools involved

The original rezoning proposal impacted over 300 students and 11 different schools. The updated proposal only includes two schools and 94 students.

‘Adulting Day’ teaches local high school seniors how to cook, change a tire, pay bills

Bullitt Central High School seniors had time to spend on topics other than math and English during an Adulting Day event Wednesday.

  Bomb threat at Midland Valley High, school evacuated

Students and staff are being evacuated after a bomb threat at Midland Valley High School.

Virginia College closing, Augusta campus shut down Wednesday

Across the country, students of the one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges, Virginia College, were surprised to hear that classes were cancelled. Staff discovered they were out of a job.

Columbia County school bus driver arrested for charges of sexual assault of a minor

A Columbia County school bus driver was arrested on charges of child molestation, aggravated child molestation, and sexual battery against a child under 16. That’s according to the Columbia County School District.

Over 300 students in Columbia County could be impacted by rezoning

A total of 329 students in Columbia County could be going to school in a new building next year. That's because the school board will be voting on a rezoning proposal that will affect 11 schools in the district.

  Bus to Nowhere: More than 600 kids in CSRA school systems are homeless

No child should ever have to worry about where they will lay their head at night or where their next meal will come from. However, that is the case for many of children and families in the CSRA.

Columbia County Republican Women’s Club hands out Constitutions at Columbia County elementary schools

Fourth graders at three elementary schools were given mini-Constitutions by members of the group.

Augusta Technical College is partnering with Unisys to create an apprenticeship program

The Cyber Security Support Technician Apprenticeship Program will provide training workers in our area and career opportunities for veterans.

  Investigation reveals no credible threat to Lakeside High and Lakeside Middle

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office determined there was no direct threat to two high schools.

  Martinez Elementary School could be first STEM-certified elementary school in Columbia County

Martinez Elementary School is working toward STEM certification. In that initiative, students experience hands-on learning. Kindergarteners had the chance to design and construct garden boxes with construction workers from RW Allen.

Columbia County school buses delayed due to Mike Pence’s visit

Several Columbia County school buses will be significantly delayed due to Vice President Mike Pence's visit.

Tips from Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on suspicious packages

Pipe bombs are being sent through the mail all over the United States. RCSO is no stranger to suspicious packages. Here's what you should look out for.

Paine College’s president optimistic about future despite accreditation battle

Dr. Jerry L. Hardee Responds to a Recent Court Ruling on Accreditation