South Carolina’s new laws give teachers a break, ban debt collection for lunch | WFAE 90.7

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Two new laws in South Carolina require each school to give elementary school teachers a 30-minute break every day without students and prohibit counties from transferring debt for school lunches to collection agencies.

The bills were passed in the last days of the 2022 General Assembly and signed by Governor Henry McMaster. Both unanimously adopted the House and the Senate.

The Breakage Bill requires that primary school teachers and special education teachers who have students in classrooms most of the day be given 30 minutes without any duties or responsibilities assigned to them.

Teachers’ groups asked for the law, saying some teachers never had time to dine or even use the restroom because they were watching the students.

The second bill prohibits school districts from transferring student arrears for school lunches to a collection agency. Proponents said students needed to eat regardless of their ability to pay, and transferring debt to a collection agency was too drastic a step.



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