AP: SC Senate committee to review small annual teacher raises

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)– A Senate Committee will consider this week whether to restore a small annual raise for most teachers delayed because of budget uncertainties due to COVID-19. The House earlier this month unanimously approved a proposal to give teachers “step raises,” which are increases of several hundred dollars a year teachers get for each year of service. The resolution is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday afternoon in the Senate Finance Committee. If approved, the raises would be given in a lump sum by June 15. All signs say it should easily pass. The full Senate approved paying the step raises during a special session in September, but the House did not take up the resolution at the time.

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