SC legislators ask Supreme Court to end education oversight

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Lawyers for South Carolina legislators want the state Supreme Court to end its oversight of a 23-year-old case over school funding.

Attorneys for Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman and House Speaker Jay Lucas said in a court filing last week that both legislative chambers are making good faith efforts to improve education.

The Supreme Court demanded reports on the Legislature’s progress after the justices ruled in November 2014 that poor, rural students lack educational opportunities.

Lawyers for the poorer districts say the reports just were accounts of legislative meetings and lists of budget items that don’t address the problems. They say most of the money given to education last session is distributed statewide instead of to the districts in need.

The court case started in 1993.

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