SC budget writers consider cutting 10 school days

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The House's top budget writer says cutting 10 days off the school year in South Carolina could save up to $210 million.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Cooper said Thursday that trimming the school year to 170 days could eliminate a quarter of the state's $800 million budget hole.

South Carolina officials already gave school districts permission to cut 10 days this school year, but those savings went into school districts' budgets instead of the state's accounts.

Cooper says other ideas being kicked around include consolidating the state's cultural agencies, like museums and the archives department, into one central agency.

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