A loophole in South Carolina law allows children to go across county lines and attend a certain school in any district as long as they own real estate with a tax assessed value of $300 or more in that district. But several lawmakers say the law is exploited by wealthier families to attend better schools outside their home district.
The Post and Courier reports Charleston-area legislators are trying to change the post-segregation law in next year’s session.
State Rep. Marvin Pendarvis, D-North Charleston, pre-filed a bill to end the practice for property-owning children, which he says began in 1962 as resistance to school desegregation. It allows any parent to register their child for $300 worth of property in a neighboring county tso they can attend school in that county.
If approved, the law would take effect in the 2019-20 school year. Under a grandfather clause, any students who were using the loophole during the current school session could continue attending the same school next year.