Teachers make one last push to better fund education this year

Teachers make one last push to better fund education this year

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Nicole Walker, with SC for ED, said the magnitude of this month’s rally still hasn’t set in.

“People are ready for change in public education and they’re ready to get involved,” she said.

The group is back at work. Urging the six lawmakers on the Budget Conference Committee to make some changes to the budget plan before it’s sent to the Governor’s desk.

In a Call to Action posted on their social media accounts, SC for Ed says they would like to see the General Assembly fund the Student Base Cost by 15 million dollars.

Walker said, “A lot of people think it’s about salary, it’s really not. It’s more about basic instructional needs. Being able to replace outdated materials.”

In addition to that money, SC for ED said lawmakers should move forward with the plans to fund the Department of Commerce’s Rural Fund Initiative at $85 million and fund School District Capital Improvement at $65 million. They would also like to see a proposal removed. “Our top priority is to strike the value-added assessment tool. We believe that will not be in the best interest of kids,” Walker said.

SC for ED will have a busy summer. Going across the state to meet with teachers for input. “We really want to talk to educator to see what they want to see in future education bills,” Walker said.

The Budget Conference Committee will be meeting again on Thursday afternoon.

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