Haley: Education funding must be priority yearly

Haley: Education funding must be priority yearly

Gov. Nikki Haley is reminding lawmakers that passage of her education funding plan is just the first step of a multi-year effort.

Haley celebrated Monday her plan's inclusion in the Legislature's budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1. But she reiterated that the additional money is not a one-year fix.

Her education recommendations sailed through the budget process, as both the House and Senate adopted them.

The spending plan sent to Haley's desk Thursday gives more money to students in poor, rural districts without taking money away from other districts. It spends more on poor students as well as on children whose primary language isn't English.

It also provides more money for elementary school reading coaches and for technology upgrades.

Haley has through Wednesday to issue line-item vetoes.

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