SC legislators approve bonuses for pathologists

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislators have approved $3,000 bonuses for speech-language pathologists who work in South Carolina public schools, but made it clear they won't see the money anytime soon.

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday approved the annual bonuses for school therapists certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. But the bill designates no money.

Senators said the state simply doesn't have the extra $1.6 million. But they wanted to create the opportunity for when the economy improves. The House approved the proposal last year.

Proponents said it's about recognizing and keeping speech pathologists in schools, when they could make much more in private practice.

The measure comes as legislators are considering cutting a separate teacher bonus program.

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