When the South Carolina Legislature convenes Tuesday, it will tackle a number of important issues.

Health care, tax reform, pension reform and how to handle the state’s aging population are among the many topics to be addressed. But one should stand out above the rest: education.

Education funding reform and teacher pay and recruitment dominated the discussion Thursday at a legislative workshop for the media. The bipartisan panel from around the state, representing both the House and Senate, engaged in a lively discussion about the issues surrounding education.

Rep. Rita Allison, R-Spartanburg, cut to heart of the debate when she said, “A qualified teacher in every classroom, if there is a silver bullet, that’s going to be it.”


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