Fifteen South Carolina schools were added to a program for schools that face the possibility of being taken over by the state due to their lack of academic progress. The state Board of Education added 15 schools to the Palmetto Priority Program Thursday. The 15 schools are in 10 counties. About 97 percent of the students in the designated struggling schools live in poverty. The schools are added to 17 others in the project former State Education Superintendent Jim Rex created four years ago to give help to schools that are chronically “at risk.”
The Board also shared some good news, as 20 schools were released from the program because they showed significant improvement in the overall academic performance of their students.