Court-Ordered Response To Education Efforts Includes 4 Laws

school-supplies-810.jpgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Legislature’s court-ordered report on fixing South Carolina’s education system points to budget increases and four new laws passed this year, including one asking college students what would entice them to teach in poor districts.

The state Supreme Court gave legislators a June deadline for developing a plan to improve South Carolina schools, after ruling in November 2014 that poor, rural students lack education opportunities.

The report filed Wednesday says the effort to improve public education is ongoing. Increases taking effect Friday with the new fiscal year include $9 million distributed to dozens of high-poverty districts for salary boosts.

The report points to a series of meetings by House and Senate panels created to study the issue.

The justices will issue another order after reviewing the Legislature’s efforts.

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