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News & Announcements

Our press releases include The SCEA calls to action, position statements, public comments, event announcements, and more.

Press Releases

Dr. Snyder's headshot on a blue and red background 1

The SCEA Welcomes Dr. Marcella Wine-Snyder as Teaching and Learning Specialist

As a Teaching and Learning Specialist, Dr. Wine-Snyder will work closely with The SCEA's Center for Educator Wellness and Learning (CEWL).

The SCEA Releases Statement on SC for Ed's Decision to Pause Advocacy

The SCEA released a statement in response to SC for Ed's announcement that they would pause their advocacy efforts.
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The SCEA Strongly Opposes Passage of Voucher Bill

The SCEA Releases Statement on S.39.
South Carolina teachers make 92 cents on the dollar compared to other college-educated professionals with similar experience. 4

NEA Report Finds South Carolina Ranks 37th in Average Teacher Pay, 40th in Starting Teacher Pay

The NEA's annual Rankings and Estimates Report breaks down educator wages and public education funds for each state.
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The SCEA Joins ProTruth SC Coalition in Speaking Out Against Censorship Bill

The SCEA and the ProTruth Coalition speak in opposition to H.3728
2023 Art Contest Winner Allie Wetmore with her winning artwork and her teacher. 7

The SCEA surprises winning student artist with Best in Show prize

On Thursday, March 2, The SCEA surprised Chapin High School student Allie Wetmore with the Best in Show Prize for The SCEA's 8th Annual Read Across South Carolina Art Contest.
Over a blue background with two crossed bandaids, white text reads ""Band-aids, gimmicks, and temporary measures haven’t stopped the educator shortage crisis." Below that it says, "It's long past time to listen to educators." 8

The SCEA responds to 2022-2023 CERRA Supply and Demand report

“The five-alarm educator shortage crisis in South Carolina schools will only be fixed with systemic, sustained solutions.”
A picture of the South Carolina Statehouse is in the background. In front is The SCEA logo in blue and red and the text "Legislative Agenda" in blue and "2023" in red. 9

The SCEA releases the 2023 Legislative Agenda

“Together we’re stronger. Together we’re heard.”
A portion of a dictionary entry for "election" appears. You can make out the words "vote to select," "political office," and "selecting some" 10

The SCEA responds to election results

“No matter who serves as State Superintendent, members of The SCEA continue fight for students.”
Joe Cunningham poses with Sherry East 11

The SCEA recommends Joe Cunningham for South Carolina Governor

“Joe Cunningham knows that working conditions are learning conditions, and his plan to stop the educator shortage crisis addresses the root causes.”
The background is a picture of the Rutledge building, which house the South Carolina Department of Education. In front of that text says "The SCEA recommends Lisa Ellis for State Superintendent." Below to the left is The SCEA logo in red and blue. To the right of that is a headshot of Lisa Ellis smiling. 12

The SCEA endorses Lisa Ellis for South Carolina State Superintendent

The SCEA is the only professional association in South Carolina uniting education advocates to elect champions of public education like Lisa Ellis.
Banner reads "South Carolina ranks #50 in average teacher salary change" and "South Carolina is one 1 of 3 states to decline in average teacher salary change." 13

The SCEA Unveils New Nationwide Data on Educator Pay and School Funding

Teachers in South Carolina are making less than they did 10 years ago; South Carolina is one of only three states with decrease in average teacher salary
The art contest winner poses with The SCEA President Sherry East, The SCEA mascot Ollie the Owl, her art teacher, and her family. Pictured left to right: Art teacher Kelly Lucarelli, The SCEA President Sherry East, Anna Dellinger's mother, student artist Anna Dellinger, Anna Dellinger's father. Lucarelli and Dillinger are both holding large checks, and Sherry East is holding a print of Dellinger's award winning art. 14

The SCEA surprises winning student artist with Best in Show prize

On Wednesday March 2nd, The SCEA suprised Anna Dellinger of Fort Mill High School with the Best in Show Prize for The SCEA's 7th Annual Art Contest.
The text "Prioritize Public Education in 2022" lies over the South Carolina statehouse 15

The SCEA urges elected officials to prioritize Public Education in 2022

As the 124th South Carolina General Assembly resumes session, The South Carolina Education Association (The SCEA) urges legislators to prioritize public education.
A scale with CERRA logo has the word "demand" on the left side outweighing the word  "supply" on the right side. 16

The SCEA urges legislators to address alarming teacher shortage crisis

"South Carolina must address the working conditions and take action to recruit and retain educators. Working conditions are learning conditions, and South Carolina students deserve better.”
The SCEA President Sherry East poses with winner Mrs. Holub-Ward and Ollie the Owl. 17

The SCEA and NEA surprise SC students with 500 free books!

"Each book donated represents a chance for Monaview’s students to feel the joy of falling in love with a book, to reinvigorate a love of learning, and, most importantly, to ensure every child has the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the texts in their classroom.”
Text: The first ever Read Across America Sweepstakes; image: Children sit atop piles of books reading, The SCEA logo, NEA logo 18

The SCEA and NEA to deliver nearly 500 books to Greenville Students

The SCEA, in coordination with NEA, will deliver nearly 500 books to the students at Monaview Elementary School in Greenville, as the recipients of the first-ever Read Across America sweepstakes.
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The SCEA releases priorities for the upcoming legislative session

– On the evening of Nov. 3, The South Carolina Education Association (The SCEA) released its priorities and agenda for the 2022 legislative session in a Facebook Live Legislative Agenda Townhall.
State Superintendent Molly Spearman 20

The SCEA responds to Superintendent Spearman’s decision not to seek re-election

“The SCEA is hopeful that a candidate with experience from the front lines, who has walked in the shoes of our educators, will run and be elected."
"The SCEA will vigorously advocate for any member who is victimized" by TikTok Challenges. 21

TikTok Challenges wreaking havoc in schools

"The SCEA will vigorously advocate for any member who is victimized" by TikTok Challenges.
Picture of the South Carolina Statehouse 22

Keep Schools Face-to-Face; Empower Districts to Be Safe

Today The SCEA held a press conference with fellow education advocates, as well as pediatric and public health experts across the state to issue a joint statement.
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The SCEA Responds to Decision by South Carolina Supreme Court

Today the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a disappointing decision in the State of South Carolina v. City of Columbia, denying the right of municipalities to enact and enforce mask mandates in public schools.

The SCEA Calls on Legislators to Keep Students and Educators Safe

Legislators must prioritize student health and safety over political rhetoric and follow the advice of medical experts.

Response to the Governor's Executive Order on Masks

President Sherry East responds to Executive Order 2021-23 from Governor Henry McMaster

The SCEA Supports Senate Effort

This week, Senator Shane Massey introduced a resolution that will require DHEC to allow educators to move into Phase 1A.

Your Voice. Our Power. Their Future.

The SCEA is an affiliate of the largest professional association of educators in the country. As the leading advocate for the schools South Carolina students deserve, The SCEA works to promote quality public education and to support public school employees.