House advances its own reading plan
The S.C. House passed its own version of a bill Thursday aimed at reforming the way public schools teach reading.
The key provision of the bill would require third-graders scoring the lowest on reading tests to repeat that grade for a year of reading-intensive instruction.
The state Senate passed a similar bill Wednesday. But the Senate proposal also included an expansion of the state’s free, full-day 4-year-old kindergarten program for at-risk children.
The House’s bill did not include an expansion of the 4K program.
Gov. Nikki Haley recommended – and the House approved – more than $30 million in new money for reading coaches and $4.5 million for summer camps in the state’s budget starting July 1.
Differences in the House and Senate proposals will have to be resolved if either is to become law.
Senate budget panel kills proposal to ban candidates with ethics debt
The state Senate’s main budget panel decided Thursday not to adopt a proposed amendment intended to address the indebtedness of political candidates .
The amendment would have banned candidates from seeking office if they owed money to the State Ethics Commission, which sometimes has difficulty collecting fines it levies against candidates for ethics violations.
Sen. Ronnie Cromer, R-Newberry, chairman of the Senate subcommittee, said Senate rules dictated that the proposed change should be made as a standalone bill, not as part of the proposed state budget under consideration.