Minimally Adequate
Public Service (Medium Staff)

Entry Credit

  • Seanna Adcox, The Post and Courier
  • Paul Bowers, The Post and Courier
  • Jennifer Berry Hawes, The Post and Courier
  • Thad Moore, The Post and Courier
  • Glenn Smith, The Post and Courier

About the Entry

The series revealed that South Carolina’s schools trail other states by nearly every measure, leaving students unprepared to work as businesses struggle to find qualified workers to fill skilled jobs.

Comments From the Judges

“The Post and Courier did what great papers do: set out to tackle the most important education issue in the state in a comprehensive way. That can be tough when the story seems so big and not traditionally ‘newsy.’”

“This is an exhaustive accounting of South Carolina’s failure to adequately invest any money or reform efforts in its schools, and that is commendable.”

“This broad historical and political sweep of this package makes for satisfying reading. Its summaries are authoritative.”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2018 National Awards for Education Reporting.