COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - New South Carolina public schools would look a lot more alike under a measure legislators are considering.
The bill establishes design standards for new schools with three standard architectural plans each for elementary, middle and high schools.
A House education panel delayed action on the bill Wednesday.
Republican Rep. Don Bowen of Anderson says the standard plans could save taxpayers millions of dollars in architectural fees.
Local property taxes fund school construction.
Scott Price of the School Boards Association says if the state doesn't provide money for facilities, it shouldn't dictate what a school should look like. But he says the idea could be useful if it was voluntary, rather than mandatory.