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SCRG Echoes SCSBA Call for Flexible Funding

January 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Neil Mellen

Friday, January 23, 2009

(803) 212-1051

COLUMBIA – Every student in South Carolina deserves access to a classroom that is responsive to his or her individual learning needs.

That’s the message being voiced by a wide range of parents, activists, public officials and lawmakers who have come together to reform K-12 school funding in South Carolina.

Public school funding, which comes from a range of local, state and federal sources, exceeded $11,000 per child this year. Not all that money reaches down to the students though. According to figures from South Carolina’s Budget and Control Board, just 45 cents per dollar is allocated to classroom instruction.

“The key to competitive 21st century schools is responsive local decision making,” said Randy Page, President of South Carolinians for Responsible Government (SCRG). “Principals, teachers and parents need to be engaged in the process, and free to make use of resources in a way that best fits each child’s unique needs.”

Page’s comments came as SCRG voiced its enthusiastic support for key aspects of the recently unveiled “Funding Flexibility Now” initiative adopted by the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA). School Boards across the state have adopted the resolution calling for prompt legislative action by the General Assembly to provide immediate and maximum funding flexibility for local school districts.

“A smarter funding system, where state money truly follows the individual child, is essential to a student-centered, instructionally effective and economically efficient education system,” continued Page.

“With more than $11,000 per child in spending, this is not an issue of how much, but of how well we use the available resources to give students the tools to succeed in the classroom.”

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