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S.C. Senate Finally Passes Education Bill

Bipartisan group of State Senators discuss final passage of the School Improvement Bill at the Statehouse on March 5, 2020.
Russ McKinney/SC Public Radio

After two years of work and eight weeks of gridlock on the floor of the State Senate … Senators this week were finally able to pass the sweeping School Improvement Bill. Education Committee Chairman Gregg Hembree called it a long, and arduous journey. The bill aims to improve teacher working conditions, streamline required student testing, and give more authority to the state to deal with local school districts that are failing. The bill now goes to the House which passed a similar bill last year. The two versions will have to be reconciled this spring.

A possible sale of Santee Cooper, the state owned utility now appears unlikely. Committees in both the House and Senate this week rejected the three recommendations from a panel of consultants regarding the utility’s future.

Russ McKinney has 30 years of experience in radio news and public affairs. He is a former broadcast news reporter in Spartanburg, Columbia and Atlanta. He served as Press Secretary to former S.C. Governor Dick Riley for two terms, and for 20 years was the chief public affairs officer for the University of South Carolina.