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Fate of school for troubled teens rests with Legislature

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A public residential school that seeks to transform the lives of South Carolina's troubled teens has lost its accreditation, leaving its fate to the Legislature.
Lawmakers have long wanted to revamp John de la Howe School in rural McCormick County but couldn't agree how. The state education agency's decision this month to yank the school's accreditation effectively forces the school to close unless another plan is approved.
A House proposal transfers the school's money to the Department of Juvenile Justice and requires a coalition of state agencies to recommend a less costly way to help at-risk youth. State officials say the school spends $92,000 annually per student.
Senators are working on their plan. Sen. Wes Hayes says he thinks the 1,200-acre property needs "to get out of the education business."

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