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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What's the proposed funding for public education in the SC General Assembly?
Here’s the latest report from staff members of the SC General Assembly on recommended funding state-wide for public education:

    • Education Finance Act (the major funding mechanism for schools) EFA to be fully funded at $94,458,119 with a base student cost of $2,578 and teacher salaries $300 over the southeastern average.
    • National Board Certification Incentive NBPTS certification is funded at $2,159,087 based on the previous pass rates (a total of 5650 NBPTS teachers are projected by November 2008).
    • School Buses The replacement program is to be fully funded at $19,723,069 with an additional $1,000,000 for the purchase of school bus service vehicles. In addition, school buses, parts, fuel, and other school transportation items have been funded at $29,000,000.
    • Interim/Formative Assessments - $1,000,000 has been funded in this area.
    • Textbooks Textbooks are being funded at $3,331,413 so that materials used for six or more years can be replaced.
    • Elementary/Middle School Summer School This program is slated to receive $12,000,000 statewide.
    • Teacher Supplies - $1,715,000 has been set aside to provide teachers with $275 for classroom supplies.
    • Young Adult Education An additional $1,600,000 has been set aside for students between 17 and 21 who leave high school and enter the adult education program. This is year four of a ten-year effort to reach the recommended funding level.
    • Drop-Out/Truancy Prevention Program Federal grants will end in October 2008.
    • Business Education Expectations - $100,000 has been set aside for this pilot program to encourage students to go on from high school to college.
    • K-5 Lottery Funds - $47,614,527 for reading, math, science, and social studies programs.
    • Grades 6-8 Lottery Funds - $2,000,000 for reading, math, science, and social studies programs.

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