SC legislators consider cuts to school funding

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina budget writers are discussing plans to cut more than $100 million from classroom spending programs.

House Democratic Minority Leader Harry Ott of St. Matthews said the proposal unveiled on Wednesday as budget writers met would lower per-student spending to $1,630, the amount that the state spent on students in 1995.

The reductions also include $4.7 million taken from the state Department of Education's $25 million budget. The Education Department said that would mean at least 80 workers at its headquarters would lose their jobs.

Legislators are scrambling to fill gaps in a budget that's shrunk to about $5.1 billion after the recession prompted repeated rounds of spending cuts.

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