Palmetto Sunrise: The standardized testing dispute

COLUMBIA - Remember when the state's Superintendent of Education pulled South Carolina from the consortium that would test Common Core standards in the coming school year? And later when the legislature passed Act 200, which called for - in addition to new standards -a new test as well?

Well, it's been months since officials had to scramble to find a replacement test. In September, the state awarded a $58 million contract to ACT, most commonly known for its college entrance exam.

But as The Post and Courier's Amanda Kerr reported, the state's chief procurement officer ordered a one-year implementation of the multiyear contract award and requested a new proposal for companies to bid on for next school year.

It was in response to a complaint by the only other bidder on the contract, which filed it in late September alleging the state didn't follow its own procurement procedures correctly. Now, the state is appealing.

In other news:

South Carolina port board to spend $5M to offset Charleston Harbor deepening impact (The Post and Courier)

Speaker Lucas: Road-funding gap may not be plugged this year (The Greenville News)

Berkeley County Sheriff sped away from police at 100 mph, ran red light, reports say (The Post and Courier)

White South Carolina ex-police chief heading to trial for murder in death of unarmed black man (The Post and Courier)

New Social Services leader a fixer with SC roots, allies say (The State)

Murray named acting SC juvenile justice director (The State)

Florence City Councilman files for House 63 (Morning News)

Graniteville's train wreck victims continue to struggle with health problems (The Aiken Standard)