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$36M cut to SC education delayed

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

The U.S. Department of Education says it will punish South Carolina for not spending enough money on special education but will delay the $36 million cut for at least a year.

The federal agency says in a letter it will reduce South Carolina's federal allocation for students with disabilities by $36.2 million on Oct. 1 of next year. The penalty is being imposed because of state cuts in special education for 2009-2010.

Education officials feared the federal penalty would come this school year.

School department spokesman Jay Ragley says the one-year delay allows an appeal of the decision to be heard and, if necessary, for the state to make its case in court or Congress.

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