COLUMBIA - You'd think that with lawmakers back at their bases, Columbia would quiet down a little this week.
That won't be the case this year with elections less than 24 hours away.
Until then, some lawmakers are expected in Columbia between today and Tuesday; today for a meeting of the Education Oversight Committee. Its members will likely be updated on academic standards and assessments.
In case you forgot, the Senate passed a bill that will require education officials to start searching for a Common Core Standards replacement by the 2015-16 school year, which means they're running low on time.
There also might be an update on what test South Carolina's students will take during the 2014-15 school year. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais pulled the state from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in April.
And on Tuesday, several lawmakers are expected to continue their talks about a bill that would create an expanded University of Charleston. The question is: will lawmakers be able to keep their feelings in check during the discussion?
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