Supreme Court gives legislators deadline for education plan

Supreme Court gives legislators deadline for education plan

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The state Supreme Court says legislators have until Feb. 1 to come up with a plan for fixing South Carolina's broken education system.

The state's high court issued an order Thursday laying out a timeline for complying with its decision last November.

Ruling on a 21-year-old case, the justices found the state's decades-old, piecemeal funding scheme fails to provide students in poor, rural districts the opportunity to succeed. They told legislators and district officials to collectively fix the problem.

Legislators have complained the order gave no clear instructions or timeline.

House and Senate study committees began meeting on the issue this year.

Under Thursday's order, the suing districts must respond to the Legislature's plan by March 1. The justices would then review and decide whether it's adequate.

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