Kelly cited problems such as poor mental health among students, students learning below grade level, poor facilities and students without broadband internet access.
The state spending plan heading to the South Carolina House floor next week offers state employees a 3% raise and teachers a $1,000 bump in pay. The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a nearly $11 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
At the Statehouse, the South Carolina Senate has approved the state’s roughly $10 billion budget for the next fiscal year. It includes a 2% raise for all state employees and a $1,000 raise for teachers.
The COVID-19 economic downturn wasn’t as bad as feared in South Carolina, so lawmakers suddenly have a lot more money to spend. The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday set aside money for a 2% raise for state employees and a $1,000 raise for all teachers as the panel approved its version of the roughly $10 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.
The Senate has approved a proposal that would pay South Carolina teachers the small annual raises that were postponed at the start of the school year because of economic uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic. Senators Thursday unanimously approved the retroactive “step raises,” which are increases of several hundred dollars a year teachers get for each year of service.
A South Carolina Senate committee approved Tuesday a measure to reinstate some teacher step raises in this year’s budget.
The South Carolina House has approved a bill to reinstate some teacher raises into this year’s budget.