Committee recommends more money for teacher loans
The state Education Oversight Committee wants legislators to put more money in a teacher loan program meant to encourage students to teach in South Carolina’s needy schools.
The group also recommends changing how a needy school is defined, to at least 80 percent of students living in poverty, up from 70 percent.
The loan program, created in 1984, provides a maximum of $20,000 toward a student’s college degree. The amount is forgiven after five years of teaching in a needy school or a hard-to-fill subject.
An annual report the committee approved Monday says the program doled out nearly $4.7 million in loans last school year to 1,114 students. More than 300 applicants were denied loans due to a lack of money. An additional $1.3 million would have covered those eligible applicants.
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Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the balance of this week, released Monday by her office, is:
Today, 10 a.m.: Participate in an economic development announcement by Michelin, Greenville
Wednesday: Attend the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, Hilton Head Island
Thursday: Attend the Heritage, Hilton Head Island
Friday, 11 a.m.: The governor and her husband, Michael Haley, will speak at the luncheon for the First Gentleman’s Invitational, presented by the S.C. Power Team, Long Cove Club, Hilton Head Island
Friday, 7 p.m.: Host, in conjunction with the Heritage Classic Foundation, the Palmetto State reception, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island
Saturday, 10 a.m.: Speak at the S.C. Republican Party’s 4th Congressional District convention, James F. Byrnes High School, 150 East Main St., Duncan
Sunday: Speak at the closing ceremonies of the Heritage, Hilton Head Island
What the governor did last week
According to her staff, Gov. Haley’s schedule last week included:
32 – Media interviews, 13 on TV, nine on radio, five with newspapers, three with magazines and two podcast interviews
2 – Events associated with last week’s Family Circle tennis tournament in Charleston
1 – Appearance at the American Enterprise Institute with Liz Cheney
Busiest day – Tuesday, the day of her autobiography’s publication, with 11 activities, all media interviews
Slowest day – Friday, with two activities
Of note – Both Family Circle events were on Saturday