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Democratic state superintendent of education candidate Lisa Ellis and Republican Ellen Weaver debated over solutions to the state’s school system Nov. 2. Ellis urged state leaders to listen to educators about pay and working conditions, while Weaver stressed listening to parents more about where their children attend school.

“I believe the teacher’s voice, understanding what is really going on in schools and how best to fix that, needs to come up to the policy level,” Ellis said.

Weaver countered: “Too often, many families face income limitations because of their zip code and just because of their family circumstances. I want every child to be able to get into the education environment that is right for them.”

Other topics of debate between the two candidates included book bans, vouchers and school funding.

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Anti-gun violence leaders in Charleston come together to find solutions. Families who lost loved ones due to gun violence have come together to host a forum on Sunday at Burke High School in North Charleston. Advocates hope the forum will open discussions with lawmakers, law enforcement, organizations, and the community to find solutions.

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Workforce housing project breaks ground in Charleston. The City of Charleston has broken ground on the first of many new workforce housing units in the area. The city began construction on the new building on the east side of the peninsula, expected to finish in six to eight months.

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