SC bill drops exemption to school attendance zones

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Parents could no longer buy a small plot to send their child to a certain school under a bill advanced by a House panel.

The bill heading to the full Education Committee would delete a civil-rights-era exemption to school attendance zones that allows children to enroll in any district where they own property with an assessed value of at least $300.

Advocates say that's unfair, particularly if it means denying a spot to a local student.

The measure follows a state Supreme Court ruling on the ability of a student who lived in Berkeley County to attend Academic Magnet High School in Charleston County. Enrollment at the nationally recognized school is based on test scores.

Opponents of the bill say parents should have more public school choices, not fewer.

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