SC Senate committee OKs retroactive teacher raises

SC Senate committee OKs retroactive teacher raises
SC lawmakers agreed to dedicate up to $50 million to restoring the raises for the current school year. (Source: CNN)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina Senate committee approved Tuesday a measure to reinstate some teacher step raises in this year’s budget.

The proposal would restore “step increase” raises that amount to several hundred dollars a year given as teachers gain experience.

Legislators paused the pay bumps last spring due to uncertainty of how the COVID-19 pandemic might affect the economy.

Lawmakers agreed to dedicate up to $50 million to restoring the raises for the current school year. The resolution now heads to the full Senate floor for a vote.

House representatives passed a slightly different version of the resolution earlier this year.

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