Poor districts disappointed in end of lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Latest on the South Carolina Supreme Court ending a school funding lawsuit.

A lawyer representing nearly three dozen poor and rural school districts in South Carolina that sued to get more money and support from lawmakers says they are disappointed the 24-year court fight is over.

Attorney Carl Epps said Monday the 33 districts wish the state Supreme Court had set a deadline like other states to provide enough resources to schools.

Instead, the justices voted 3-2 to end the lawsuit, saying progress has been made.

State Rep. Russell Ott said the ruling sends the wrong message that the state has narrowed the funding gap between urban and rural schools. The Democrat from St. Matthews says children in the poor districts are going to schools that were in embarrassing condition 20 years ago and remain that way today.

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