Teachers in poor rural school districts could potentially receive more compensation under language included in a budget plan approved by the South Carolina House last week.
According to the Associated Press, the proposal distributes $9 million to those districts where at least 80 percent of students live in poverty.
The districts would have flexibility to use the money for teacher recruitment and retention as they see fit. But they’re given leeway on the specifics. Options for the money could include performance bonuses, hiring teachers in hard-to-fill subjects or even paying moving costs.
Rep. Kenny Bingham, R-Cayce, said the proposal is aimed at keeping good teachers in poor districts that can’t pay as much as better off districts. Bingham said legislators will evaluate next year whether the money made a difference.
The chairman of the Senate’s K-12 budget panel, Sen. Wes Hayes, supports the idea.
42 school districts statewide would be eligible for the additional money.