S.C. panel urges more spending to recruit teachers

  • Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 5:54 p.m.

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s education oversight panel recommends that legislators spend more on programs designed to draw high school students into teaching and fill slots in the state’s neediest schools.

The Education Oversight Committee’s budget recommendations include spending an additional $1 million on Teach for America, $2 million on student loans to future teachers, and $400,000 on the rigorous Teaching Fellows scholarship program.

The independent panel of legislators, educators and business leaders also recommends restoring the $275 given to each teacher for classroom supplies. It also approved simplifying how teachers are paid by distributing money based on each district’s student population.

Committee executive director Melanie Barton calls it a teacher-focused education budget.

The recommendations are on how to spend the penny per dollar of the state sales tax designated solely to education.

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