STATE HOUSE: Resolution would speed state agency takeover of school for at-risk kids

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on March 12, 2014 

— The S.C. House introduced a resolution Wednesday to have the state Department of Juvenile Justice assume control over the John de la Howe School for at-risk teens before the summer.

Rep. Kenny Bingham, a Lexington Republican who heads the House K-12 education budget panel, said he hopes the House could pass the measure next week and send it to the Senate.

The school has come under fire about its management and spending, allegations current and former leaders deny.

The House approved a one-year takeover Tuesday as part of the state budget but the move would not take effect until July 1 if kept in the spending plan.

The resolution could speed the takeover.

Gov. Nikki Haley has backed the juvenile justice department's increased role in the school that enrolls about 70 students from statewide.

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