- Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

DUE WEST, S.C. (AP) - A House panel making recommendations to improve South Carolina’s public schools is on the road again, this time getting input in the county for which a 22-year-old education funding lawsuit is named.

The task force created by House Speaker Jay Lucas meets Monday at Erskine College in Abbeville County. The 17-member study panel held its first meeting in Columbia in February and traveled to Dillon last month.

The state Supreme Court ruled last November that the state fails to provide poor, rural students the opportunity to succeed. The court told legislators and district officials to collectively fix the problem but gave no clear instructions for doing so.

While 40 districts filed the lawsuit in 1993, it was named Abbeville County School District v. the state.

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