Education reform bill passes S.C. House with near-universal support

The S.C. Senate won't take up the issue until April

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The S.C. House of Representatives passed a bill to reform the state's educational system, which has consistently placed low in national rankings, with near-unaninmous support on Wednesday.

The SC Career Opportunity and Access for All bill, also known as H. 3759, passed the lower chamber with a vote of 113 to 4.

The bipartisan legislation was introduced in January after lawmakers promised to focus on retooling the state's education system in meetings with the press earlier that month.
The Senate is not expected to debate its own version of the bill until April, according to the Post and Courier.



The bill passed by the House would get rid of four tests in social studies and science that aren't required by the federal government. It would also require districts to give teachers 30 minutes duty-free per day. Additionally, teachers who live and own a home in the 12 poorest and most rural counties could get a tax credit equal to the cost of their property taxes for five years.

Legislators also directed the state Department of Education to lower student-teacher ratios through regulation.

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