December 26th, 2013
Pending bills would make changes big, small to SC public school system
By RON BARNETT
GREENVILLE, SC — State lawmakers are looking to make changes, big and small, in public schools during the 2014 legislative session, ranging from requiring that school districts offer advertising space inside school buses to overhauling the K-12 funding system.
Other bills would change the process of how trustees are selected for state-funded colleges and universities, set up mechanisms for dealing with bullies in schools and institute full-day kindergarten for all four-year-olds in the state.
Perhaps the most far-reaching bill is one called the South Carolina Jobs, Education and Tax Act, which would revise the complex Education Finance Act and do away with a formula that now sends less state money to richer school districts such as Greenville County.
The bill, pre-filed by Dorchester County Republican Rep. Jenny Anderson Horne, would create a South Carolina Public Education Program Fund, separate from the state’s general fund.