South Carolina House Passes Comprehensive Student-Centered Reforms

South Carolina House Passes Comprehensive Student-Centered Reforms

Last night, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a comprehensive package of education policies aimed at improving student opportunities and outcomes across the Palmetto State.

H 3759, sponsored by House Speaker Jay Lucas, would enact significant enhancements to the state’s Read to Succeed early literacy initiative, empower schools to personalize student learning, advance student college and career readiness, expand access to rigorous computer science coursework and overhaul school turnaround policy. The well-supported bill passed the House by a vote of 113-4 after six hours of debate.

“This legislation is a major step forward for South Carolina students. We applaud the leadership of Speaker Lucas, House Education & Public Works Chair Rita Allison and all the House members who voted in favor, and we appreciate the great work of our partners at the Palmetto Promise Institute and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in support of the bill.”

Ryan Mahoney, Senior Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action

H 3759 next moves to the upper chamber, where Senate Education Chair Greg Hembree is sponsoring companion bill S 419.