Spearman: Haley to seek money to pay back more teacher loans

HALEY AND SCHOOLSCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman says Gov. Nikki Haley’s education proposal includes more loans and scholarships for teachers in poor, rural school districts.

Spearman and Haley are set to make a joint announcement Wednesday afternoon in rural Gaston. The announcement comes as legislators try to figure out how to respond to a state Supreme Court ruling that students in poor districts lack educational opportunities.

During a Senate hearing earlier Wednesday, Spearman said Haley will seek additional money to pay back student loans for teachers working in impoverished areas, as well as scholarships for teachers in the plaintiff districts that sued the state in 1993.

Spearman said Haley will also discuss pre-kindergarten education. A 2014 law calls for eventually expanding full-day 4-year-old kindergarten to all poor children statewide.

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