Senators start work on justices' education funding ruling

Published: Apr. 23, 2015 at 4:19 PM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2015 at 4:20 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Senate panel is starting discussions on how to respond to the state Supreme Court's order that legislators fix South Carolina's broken education system.

State Superintendent Molly Spearman is among those scheduled to address the subcommittee Thursday. It's the first meeting of the five-member Senate panel created to find a solution to the high court's ruling five months ago.

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 but gave no clear instructions for doing so.

An answer will not come this year. A 17-member education reform committee created by House Speaker Jay Lucas first met in February. It has until January to make recommendations.

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