SC panel recommends freeze on teacher salaries

COLUMBIA, S.C. - An education reform panel says teacher pay in South Carolina should be frozen because of the sluggish economy.

The Education Oversight Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that teacher pay be frozen at current levels, at least for the coming fiscal year. The State newspaper reported the average teacher salary in South Carolina is $47,376.

The committee also recommended the state stop giving a $7,500 annual bonus for 10 years to teachers who earn national board certification in the future. The panel said those in the process of becoming certified would qualify and those with the certification would continue to get the bonus.

The recommendations go to the General Assembly, which will start work on the state budget next month. Sales tax collections have dropped nearly 11 percent this year.

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