How Teachers In South Carolina Make Ends Meet: School By Day, Assembly Line By Night

By Staff Reporter - 08 Aug '19 01:54AM
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  • How teachers in South Carolina make ends meet: School by day, assembly line by night
  • (Photo : Sean Rayford) How teachers in South Carolina make ends meet: School by day, assembly line by night

Meredith Blackwood's typical workday begins at 7:30 a.m. in a classroom full of third-graders and ends as late as 11 p.m. in a factory across town. Blackwood, 27, is a teacher at Cayce Elementary in West Columbia, South Carolina, where she made $36,000 for the 2018-19 school year.

Her husband, Chancen Blackwood, 30, a teacher in the same school district, made $35,000.The Blackwoods live in a state that pays teachers one of the lowest starting salaries in the country.

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