Legislators say answer to school court ruling to take time

By SEANNA ADCOX

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - In ruling that South Carolina's educational system is broken and fails to provide every child the opportunity to succeed in school, the state's Supreme Court provided no instruction for how officials and legislators should correct that.

Instead, the justices placed blame on both legislators and school officials and encouraged that a solution that could include overhauling the state's piecemeal funding system and consolidating districts.

Those are issues legislators have long been loath to touch, due to concerns over which districts lose in a funding overhaul and constituents' emotional ties to their schools.

The Nov. 12 order gave legislators and district officials a "reasonable time" to collectively figure out what must be done. That's not expected to happen next year.

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