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Governor Sanford Praises House for Raising Education Funding

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Location: Columbia, SC

Gov. Sanford Praises House for Raising Education Funding

SC HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY ENDORSES GOVERNOR'S FUNDING RECOMMENDATION

Tuesday, June 3, 2003 - 5:45 p.m. - By a vote of 102-13, the South Carolina House of Representatives today voted to raise the base student cost in South Carolina to $1,777 per student, two dollars above last year's base student cost and the figure recommended by Gov. Mark Sanford in a letter last week to House Ways and Means Chairman Bobby Harrell. Under the amendment, an additional $44.6 million is being added to K-12 funding in South Carolina.

"We've said from day one that our public schools are the foundational setting for education in South Carolina," said Gov. Sanford. "Our public schools are critical to our economic development efforts, critical to raising income levels and critical to creating jobs in South Carolina. I'd like to commend Speaker Wilkins, Chairman Harrell and the overwhelming majority of the South Carolina House for working with this administration to make sure South Carolina doesn't take a step back in funding our public schools. This is the number our administration asked for, this is the number our schools need and the House deserves a lot of credit today for working with us to get it done."

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