Teachers return to SC Statehouse to push education reform

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High school English teacher Steve Nuzum of Columbia holds up his sign supporting education with a group of fellow teachers at the Statehouse grounds on Wednesday, Jan. 29. 2020, in Columbia, S.C.. Nuzum took a day off to come to the capitol to support grassroot teachers group SC for Ed. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Hundreds of teachers have returned to the South Carolina Statehouse to add their voices to a debate on education reform.

More than 100 teachers took the day off Wednesday to talk to lawmakers and attend meetings.

Caption Teachers with the group SC for Ed gather in a Statehouse meeting room as they prepare to lobby lawmakers on Wednesday, Jan. 29. 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The teachers took the day off to call for senators to not pass a massive education overhaul bill and take the proposals up in smaller parts. (AP Photo/ Jeffrey Collins)

The teachers’ presence was organized by the grassroots organization SC for Ed.

The same group organized a rally of more than 10,000 people in support of teachers last year, prompting several school districts to close for the day.

Alex Leibowitz, a parent of an elementary and a high school student in Greenville, holds a sign supporting education outside a hospitality tent on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds on Wednesday, Jan. 29. 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Leibowitz said she came to the capitol to support grassroot teachers group SC for Ed as more than 100 teachers took the day off to speak to lawmakers. (AP Photo/ Jeffrey Collins)

SC for Ed organizers say they will only hold a rally this year if lawmakers fail to take action on their goals.

Those include reducing standardized tests, a pay raise and passing a bill of rights for teachers.

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