SC House approves revamp of '77 school funding law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has approved a measure meant to simplify South Carolina's decades-old school funding formulas and move toward a pay-for-performance system for teachers.

The House approved the bill by a 101-to-6 vote. It requires another routine vote before heading to the Senate.

The bill updates the state's 1977 Education Finance Act, which is still the state's basis for student funding. It allocates more money to educate students who are poor and who are learning English. Supporters say it shifts money around without costing more money.

It also gets rid of automatic pay raises that teachers receive for each additional year in the classroom. It directs a committee of educators to come up with a pay-for-performance plan by Dec. 1 to serve as a recommendation for legislators next year.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.