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Election Day 2020

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Important Voting Information

Election Day is this coming Tuesday, November 3rd! We know that many of our members have already taken advantage of the opportunity for early voting in South Carolina, but if you haven't voted, PLEASE make sure that you exercise your teacher voice in this election. For those that still need to vote, here are some key resources:

  • Need information on the candidates? Check out the PSTA Election Resource Center for information about candidates for the General Assembly.
  • Still have an absentee ballot? If you requested an absentee ballot but have not already mailed it in, please do not put your ballot in the mail at this point as there is a chance it will not be received on time. Instead, you can drop off your absentee ballot at your county voter registration office. These ballots must be dropped off no later than 7 PM on November 3rd.
  • Planning to vote in-person on November 3rd? Make sure to check your polling location before you head out to vote on the 3rd. To do so, go to this website and enter your information. Please don't assume that your polling location is the same as it was in a prior election- they sometimes change! Also, when you go to vote, make sure you have a government-issued photo ID. You will not be allowed to vote without a photo ID. Finally, note that polls will be open at all polling locations from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. To vote, you MUST be in the line by 7:00 PM. If you are in line by that time, you must be afforded the right to vote.

End of Course Exams

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This week, Superintendent Spearman announced a one-year suspension of the requirement to count student scores on high school End of Course exams as 20% of a student's final grade in a course. For more on this action, see the statement PSTA released earlier this week. PSTA has called on all districts to adopt this waiver flexibility. In addition, the state's Education Oversight Committee has announced their recommendation for a suspension of school report card ratings for 2020-2021. This means that End of Course exam results would still be included on a school's report card, but those scores would NOT be used to calculate an overall summative rating for the school.

Teaching Fellows

The Teaching Fellows Application is now open from October 1st through December 1st and it's the first step in the rigorous identification process for Teaching Fellows. Students must apply for Teaching Fellows during their final year of high school. Visit CERRA for more information.

Walden University Halloween Giveaway

Walden University is giving away a $150 Grubhub gift card! Click here for more information.
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2020 NCSS Conference

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Click here to register.

Columbia College Professional Development

Columbia College's APEC program will be presenting the Polishing your Performance Series.

Upcoming dates:

  • November 9th: Teacher Leadership and Advocacy by Patrick Kelly. (Click here for more information)

Friendly Reminder!

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Help Us Grow!

Please help us continue to grow PSTA by encouraging your colleagues to consider joining the largest professional organization for educators in South Carolina. This year more than ever, teachers need to know that PSTA is working hard to support and advocate for their needs. Thank you for all you do! Remember PSTA is here for you so you can be there for your students.

We are still offering our incentive program. For every new member* you sign up, you will receive $10 (up to $499 each year). Please feel free to print a membership application here and sign up as many new members as you can!! If you have any questions please contact our office at 803-256-2065 or email us at

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