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Results from end-of-year examination scores revealed that South Carolina students are struggling in U.S. history, algebra and biology. 

More than a third of high school students failed algebra last year and 24% got a “D.” They scored even worse in history and biology with a mean of 65% and 66%, respectively.

The culprit: Pandemic-related learning loss, education officials suspect.

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said more work needed to be done to help students recover: “Preparing students to meet college and career-readiness standards must not just be an aspiration in our state,” she said, according to published reports. “It’s a responsibility that all of us must play a role in as we pursue meaningful solutions.”

In other headlines: 

School bus driver on leave after crash. Six students and the bus driver suffered minor injuries in the Tuesday crash at Neighbor Store in North Charleston. The North Charleston Police Department is investigating the incident. Meanwhile, South Carolina education leaders say bus driver training is an intense and safe process.

Tropical disturbance in the Atlantic headed toward the Gulf. Forecast models bring a tropical wave into the Gulf of Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center, the tropical wave could become a tropical depression in the coming days. The disturbance is being closely monitored with data collections of where it will head.

Sweet Grass Vodka invests $1.6M in Charleston County. The family-owned spirits and distilling company plans to bring 43 new jobs to the area. Sweet Grass Vodka uses South Carolina-grown potatoes to distill its craft vodka and spirits. 

Mount Pleasant DMV office to move next year. The office announced its move in 2023, but the new location is yet to be announced.

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