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May 3, 2001
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Read the first time January 9, 2001.
To whom was referred a Bill (H. 3034) to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 59-104-25 so as to establish criteria for the awarding of Palmetto Fellows Scholarships, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass with amendment:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking Section 59-104-25 of the 1976 Code, as contained in SECTION 1, and inserting:
/ Section 59-104-25. (A) For the purposes of applying for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarships, beginning with students graduating in 2002 and thereafter, a 'magnet school' is defined as any public school within a school district whose enrollment is open to all students of that district with all of the following characteristics:
(a) is attended by students outside their attendance zone who could not attend it if it were not a magnet school;
(b) emphasizes an academic theme or specialization; and
(c) was established for desegregation purposes.
(B) For all students in magnet schools as defined in subsection (A), whenever a student meets all criteria for applying for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship except for rank in class, the student may use the rank in class from the high school he or she would have attended had there been no magnet school so long as by submitting an application for a Palmetto Fellow Scholarship, the magnet school student does not cause the regular high school to exceed the five percent limitation from its sophomore or junior class for these scholarships.
(C) The magnet high schools shall be responsible for obtaining official documentation from the regular high school that the magnet high school student is within the top five percent of either the sophomore or junior class. This documentation must be submitted with the student's Palmetto Fellows Scholarship application supporting documents. The official documentation shall include the name of the regular high school, the number in the class and whether it is the sophomore or junior year, and the student's exact rank in that class. Once the Commission on Higher Education has received all eligible applications, the commission shall ensure that the sending high schools do not exceed five percent of their classes with the inclusion of the magnet school applicants./
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RONALD P. TOWNSEND for Committee.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-104-25 SO AS TO ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR THE AWARDING OF PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2001 AND THEREAFTER WHO ATTEND "MAGNET SCHOOLS" OR SCHOOLS WITH "OPEN ENROLLMENT".
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-104-25. (A) For the purposes of awarding Palmetto Fellows Scholarships, beginning with students graduating in 2001 and thereafter, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) a 'magnet school' is any public school with all of the following characteristics:
(a) it is attended by students outside their attendance zone who could not attend it if it were not a magnet school; and
(b) it emphasizes an academic theme or specialization;
(c) it was established for desegregation purposes;
(2) 'open enrollment' means that a school district allows students to enroll at schools not in their attendance zone or does not use attendance zones and allows students or their families to choose the school they attend.
(B) For all students in magnet schools as defined in subsection (A), whenever rank in class is a factor for determining eligibility to receive a Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, the rank in class assigned to each student shall be the rank in class that student would have had in the high school he or she would have attended if there had been no magnet school. If the school district allows open enrollment for grades ten, eleven, or twelve, the student's rank in class shall be computed as if that student had attended the school closest to his or her residence.
(C) Nothing in subsection (B) above shall affect the rank in class of any student for the purposes of determining eligibility for a Palmetto Fellows Scholarship in any nonmagnet school in any school district with magnet schools."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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