SC House Study Panel Discusses Boosting Teacher Pay

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A House panel’s solution for putting more high-quality teachers in rural South Carolina classrooms could involve paying higher salaries.

House Education Committee Chairwoman Rita Allison said Wednesday the Legislature needs to consider paying teachers more in the early years of their career. She said young teachers often leave the profession because they can’t make enough in the classroom to provide for their families.

Members of a House study panel agreed that attracting quality teachers to poor, rural schools and keeping them there will require incentives. But what sort of compensation package would work remains unknown.

The panel’s recommendations so far include interviewing teachers in poor districts and surveying education majors in college to get their opinions.

Other ideas discussed include improving college instruction and setting criteria for school board members.

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