SC Senate approves postponed small raises for teachers

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Senate has approved a proposal that would pay South Carolina teachers the small annual raises that were postponed at the start of the school year because of economic uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senators Thursday unanimously approved the retroactive “step raises,” which are increases of several hundred dollars a year teachers get for each year of service.

The Senate did make a few small changes in the bill, including making sure school nurses are included in the raises.

That means the House, which originally approved it on a 118-0 vote on Jan. 28 will have to vote on it again.

The money would be given to teachers in a lump sum in June.

The state is setting aside $50 million for the increases.

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