The Greenville News Published 11:22 a.m. ET June 15, 2019

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Ten thousand teachers converged on South Carolina’s State House on May 1 to protest state leaders’ lack of attention to educators’ pay, among many other issues.

They shouldn’t have had to.

The 20-year court battle that rural school districts waged against the state — and ultimately won (although a new state Supreme Court largely let lawmakers wriggle out of the ruling) should’ve been enough to make lawmakers address the obvious gaps between haves and have-nots in the Palmetto State.

Many rural and small-town schools still need better-supported teachers and principals, help with students’ social and mental health challenges, and more challenging academic and career-tech

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