SC bill would eliminate education oversight agency

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators are set to debate eliminating the agency that oversees education reform and end-of-year standardized testing.

A House Education subcommittee will discuss on Tuesday abolishing the Education Oversight Committee, which employs six people.

The independent group was created by the state's 1998 Education Accountability Act. Its duties include rating schools and districts through annual state report cards.

Rep. Bakari Sellers wants to send the agency's $1.5 million budget to teachers for classroom supplies. The Denmark Democrat says the agency has become a redundant bureaucracy.

A House Ways and Means panel has given tentative approval to suspending the agency for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and using the money to help pay for teacher salaries.

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