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New SC budget adds school cash, raises concerns


Educators say South Carolina's new budget adds money to classrooms and school buses and could ease problems in schools around the state.

Public education spending accounts for more than a third of the $6 billion spending plan that took effect Friday. And it survived all but one of Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes with Legislature overriding by overwhelming margins.

The budget adds $12.4 million for school buses, $20 million to deal with flaws in the statewide school funding formula and $56 million in additional per-student spending.

But legislators and Gov. Nikki Haley did scrap a SAT improvement program.

Scott Price of the South Carolina School Boards Association says that doesn't seem to mesh with the thinking that SAT test scores are a measuring stick for the state.

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