Maayan Schechter, The State Published 12:23 p.m. ET May 10, 2019
COLUMBIA — S.C. lawmakers won’t work overtime in Columbia this year to pass a bill aimed at fixing the state’s schools, despite pressure from some state leaders and a historic teacher rally at the State House last week.
The General Assembly’s official work year ended Thursday, but lawmakers have agreed to return for a few days later this month to handle a few outstanding responsibilities, including passing the state’s $9 billion spending plan and deciding the future of the state’s debt-ridden power company, Santee Cooper.
That agreement, finalized Thursday, won’t include education reforms.
The omission comes despite enormous pressure from Gov. Henry McMaster and teachers to fix the state’s ongoing teacher shortage and pull the