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NEWS: Funding, policies target improving S.C. schools

NEWS: Funding, policies target improving S.C. schools

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  As South Carolina public school students and teachers return to school this week and next, changes aimed at improving education are expected to alter the classroom and funding strategies.

A July 31 study placed South Carolina as 35th in the nation for public education. The study fingered funding as one of the reasons public school education varies from state to state. The state also tied at 46th for low ACT scores.

Highlights for this coming school year include the impact of a third grade retention policy; whether there will be more state takeovers of school districts and schools; funding for operations, buses and facilities; teacher retention; and how the state superintendent is picked.

by · 08/18/2017 · News
NEWS: Legislators wait on bus funding, causing some to worry about risk

NEWS: Legislators wait on bus funding, causing some to worry about risk

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  Top lawmakers say they are waiting until January to override a gubernatorial veto, an action that would fund hundreds of new school buses.  Why the wait?  They say it’s because they are being good stewards of public dollars.  And anyway, waiting to override the veto won’t delay getting dangerously old buses off roads, they say.

Others wonder if there’s more to it.  

S.C. House Majority Leader Gary Simrill, R-Rock Hill,  told Statehouse Report the state S.C. Department of Education currently has the funds it could temporarily use to order the buses.  That money, he said, would then be reimbursed by a January override that would release $17.5 million from S.C. Education Lottery proceeds. He said it’s up to state Superintendent Molly Spearman to order the buses sooner rather than later.

by · 07/14/2017 · News