SC teachers could help create their new pay system

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Teachers would help create the pay-for-performance system that would determine their salaries under a bill approved by the House budget-writing committee.

The provision approved Thursday would direct the state Education Department to form a committee of teachers to come up with a compensation plan by Dec. 1.

The initial bill left the plan to the agency.

Superintendent Mick Zais opposes the change. His spokesman says Zais was elected to do a job and is concerned about being tied to a plan he doesn't like. Zais pledges to allow teachers and principals to make suggestions to his plan.

Kathy Maness of the Palmetto State Teachers Association pushed for the amendment. She says it's vital that teachers be part of such a drastic change to their livelihoods.

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