Gov. Haley proposes teacher incentives, borrowing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley’s plans for improving education includes offering students the chance to graduate from college debt-free and providing up to $200 million annually to maintain and build schools.

The Republican governor announced her initiative with state Superintendent Molly Spearman at a school in rural Gaston.

Haley’s education budget proposal for 2016-17 includes $15 million for teacher incentives. That includes $7,500 annual scholarships for students who commit to teaching in impoverished districts. Haley says they can receive the tuition scholarships for four years if they work eight years in a district with high teacher-turnover rates.

Her proposal expands on her 2014 technology commitment, providing another $30 million, plus more than $10 million for wireless in the neediest schools and in students’ homes.

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