South Carolina's schools could pick up an unexpected $105 million from growing state revenues under a budget proposal the Senate began debating Tuesday.
Senators are considering a $6 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The debate also included scuttling the agency that pays prosecutors across the state.
Last week, the state's revenue forecasting board said state tax collections are recovering from the recession and legislators could add $210 million to the proposed budget.
The Senate already had agreed to put $100 million of the extra cash into unemployment tax breaks for businesses with records of firing or laying off workers.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman said the remaining cash should go into the state's education budget. It would raise per-student spending to $1,959 from the current level of $1,617, which is well short of the $2,720 a state school funding formula says is required.