COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - A bill that would have put a psychologist in every South Carolina school has evolved into the creation of another study committee.
The measure which advanced Wednesday to the House Education Committee puts together a group of educators and experts to devise a plan for addressing students' mental health issues.
The overall goal is preventing tragedies like the December 14th massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults.
The original bill by Orangeburg County State Representative Jerry Govan required every school to hire a psychologist. But that's estimated to cost local school districts a combined $68-million.
Currently, there are 462 full-time school psychologists statewide. An additional 900 would be needed.
Subcommittee members balked at the cost and said there are likely better solutions.