Educators Protest Refusal of Federal Funding

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ About 50 people have gathered outside the headquarters of the Department of Education to protest the South Carolina school chief’s refusal to pursue what could have been $144 million in federal money to keep teaching jobs. Monday was the deadline to apply for the money. It will now go to other states. State Superintendent Mick Zais has said he wasn’t taking the money because it was one-time funds and increased federal involvement in education in South Carolina. Zais also said the state didn’t qualify for the money. But South Carolina Association of School Administrators Executive Director Molly Spearman says the state didn’t even attempt to get the money. She says local education officials worry decisions are being made at the state level without consulting them.

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