McMaster is pushing for a renovation for the South Carolina School’s funding formula

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Governor Henry McMaster and two former state education inspectors called South Carolina’s approach to funding its schools “opaque,” “twisted” and “broken” Monday in the state House, urging state lawmakers to approve. A major renovation to simplify the way schools are funded.

According to McMaster, each county will receive more money in the next state budget, with the proposal included, than in the current budget, averaging an increase of 5.6%.

The governor said a total of an additional $ 227 million would be transferred to schools.

Under the plan, how much money each school will receive will be based on the average student-teacher ratio in the state, which is calculated at 11.2 in the budget passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month.

The proposal also increases the money allocated to schools for students living in poverty and disabilities and raises the minimum teacher salary per cell on the schedule by $ 4,000. South Carolina sets a minimum amount a reserve can make in various “steps,” based on his education and years of experience.

The state will also run an online dashboard for the public to see how each county spends its money.

“It’s information parents need to know,” McMaster said. “It will open the door for them to understand what’s going on in their school.”

Patrick Kelly of the Palmetto State Teachers Union said they support this focus on transparency and increased money for schools that teach more students living in poverty and disability.

“But again, the devil is in the small details. The overall cake should be large enough for the slice each county gets to meet enough to meet the needs of their students,” Kelly said.

Kelly said that while this proposal addresses long-term structural changes in school funding, it does not fully address the most urgent and immediate problem facing schools, a shortage of teachers and staff, an issue the state and counties say will need to be resolved.

“They need to collaborate, and they need to be creative to find a way to ensure that every employee in the school gets a competitive pay raise this year, no matter what district they work in,” Kelly said.

On Monday, McMaster made it clear that not every teacher in the state will receive an automatic raise under the proposal, as some counties are already paying above the new proposed minimum wage.

The governor said this plan would provide them with the flexibility to determine if they would like to spend their funding on raises above the minimum.

The Senate will next have the opportunity to consider and change education funding in the state budget as senators begin their budget debate in the coming weeks.

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