From Wi-Fi on school buses...to passing out copies of the constitution and colleges banning porn.
They're some of the top issues south carolina lawmakers are talking about when it comes to funding education. Robert Kittle explains how it will impact your students.
The house is writing its version of next year's budget for the state ... including education.
They -scrapped- a plan to require all new school buses ... to have wi-fi ... because it might have cost as much as five thousand dollars more per bus.
The idea was to park the buses in central locations ... to give students and teachers wireless internet access ... especially in rural areas.
Representative james smith brought up an amendment ... adding $537 million to the k-through-12 budget ... to raise the amount the state spends on each student.
"I just want us to understand that when we're passing this budget that we are over $500 million short of what the law requires to fund public education."
But he withdrew it ... because the money's not there.
Representative mac toole put up an amendment ... to take $1 million from each state college ... until they ban using pornographic content in classes and requiring any students to take a class that includes a nude model.
He wouldn't talk to us about it on camera ... because he pulled down his amendment ... saying he made his point, "but he told me off camera he's been contacted by parents of students who were required to take classes that included nude models and they were not art classes."
The House passed an amendment ...saying state colleges cannot block students from passing out copies of the U.S. or state Constitutions, "Unfortunately, I see a number of colleges and universities putting in speech policies that actually prevent speech or limit speech in such a way that i think they're starting to have an encroaching effect on the first amendment, and I just want to prevent that before it gets any further."
We contacted Clemson ... USC ... and the College of Charleston about requiring students to take classes ... that include the use of nude models. The College of Charleston says ... it uses nude models only for advanced art classes ... that are not required. we haven't heard back from Clemson and USC.
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