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- In South Carolina – which began its 2019 session on Jan. 8 – a state House effort is underway to overhaul the K-12 public education system, and as part of the discussion, lawmakers are debating whether districts with declining student enrollment should be forced to consolidate or merge with other districts. Senate Bill 203 lays this out in more detail — under the bill, districts that met two of four criteria would have to merge as soon as the 2021-21 school year.
- There’s about $1 billion in extra funds the state can spend, and under Republican Gov. Henry McMaster’s budget proposal, teachers would get a 5% pay raise.
- Democratic lawmakers also say there needs to be attention paid to improving inequities between rural and higher-poverty districts and their urban and more affluent counterparts.
- Two state senators have also proposed a bipartisan education reform bill, which pushes to raise teacher salaries to a $35,000 minimum, expand technical schools access and further develop K-4 education in the state.