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A new survey reveals an 88% increase in the number of vacant teaching positions across South Carolina. That’s more than 1,000 teacher vacancies that are impacting up to 20,000 students, one organization said. The survey also showed 6,900 educators from last year didn’t return to jobs in their districts, with 18% retiring, 34% leaving for “external reasons” and 27% for “personal reasons.” More: The Post and Courier, WTGS News, The State, S.C. Dept. of Education 

In other headlines:

S.C. Libertarian Party says it would be ‘OK’ to secede from nation again. It may not have worked out so well in 1861, but a group of anti-big government South Carolinians says it supports the right of the state and its citizens to secede from the Union in 2021. More: The Post and Courier 

Former S.C gubernatorial candidate to pay $33k to end ethics case. Charleston Democrat Phil Noble has agreed to pay more than $30,000 in fines and refunds for using campaign funds to pay for streaming services during his failed bid for governor in 2018. More: The State, The Post and Courier 

Mace feuding with Greene over Islamophobia, abortion. U.S. Reps Nancy Mace, R-S.C, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, are in a public and highly personal feud over abortion and religion, amid fallout from Islamophobic remarks by some GOP lawmakers. More: The Washington Post, Politico, Business Insider, The Post and Courier 

Charleston Housing Authority offers county $1M for acre of peninsula land. The city of Charleston’s housing authority is hoping to build affordable housing for people with low to moderate incomes on the upper peninsula plot. More: The Post and Courier 

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