SC Governor Proposes Overhaul of School Funding Formula

FILE – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster examines data on the spread of COVID-19 in the Kershaw County school district during a discussion with school officials at Camden Elementary School on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 in Camden, SC South Carolina set a record for positive tests over New Years weekend 2022 and COVID-19 hospitalizations are up 67% from the previous week. But McMaster, a Republican, vowed hospitals won’t fill up and life will stay normal. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins, file)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – The governor of South Carolina is proposing a simplification of the formula the state uses to pay its share for public schools.

Gov. Henry McMaster’s education staff said the new formula incorporated into his budget plan submitted to lawmakers would increase flexibility and accountability and help poorer districts.

The proposal sends money based on the student-teacher ratio and minimum teacher salary instead of the confusing formula tables currently in use.

Districts would have more flexibility on how to spend the money, whether it was on administrators, increases for teachers, or smaller classes.

But they would be audited and would have to post their budgets and expenses online for everyone to see.

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