South Carolina’s proposed education funding reform would benefit students and taxpayers

In Politics by Michael Rae

Add South Carolina to the list of states pursuing bold changes to their K-12 school finance systems. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s 2022 Executive Budget outlines a plan to simplify how $5.4 billion in state education funding is doled out to school districts. To see why this would be a win for students, school leaders, and taxpayers, consider how it would improve the convoluted way South Carolina currently funds its schools.   

Research shows that South Carolina’s current K-12 school funding model leads to a weak relationship between school districts’ per-pupil funding levels and students’ needs, meaning education dollars aren’t leveraged as effectively as they could be to