Haley, lawmakers fight court ruling on education

Haley, lawmakers fight court ruling on education

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Attorneys for Gov. Nikki Haley and the Legislature want the state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that lawmakers have failed South Carolina's poor, rural children.

The State newspaper reports Wednesday that the state's attorneys are seeking a rehearing on the high court's landmark order that lawmakers must fix the educational system to give more students the opportunity to succeed. The filings mean Republican lawmakers are still fighting an education funding lawsuit filed by rural districts 21 years ago.

The justices' November decision came two years after the justices last heard arguments on the case.

Haley's petition says the 3-2 decision overlooked education initiatives that she pushed and legislators passed in this year's state budget. It also contends the court overstepped its authority in ordering the Legislature to act.

Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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