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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley says the House budget takes a historic step in providing a good education to all South Carolina students.

Haley thanked the House on Wednesday for adopting an education plan she unveiled in January after a series of meetings with teachers, administrators, legislators and business leaders.

It provides more money to students in poor, rural districts without taking money away from other districts. Changes include a first-ever weighting for poverty, which means an additional $97 million would be spent on students who qualify for free- and reduced-price meals.

Democrats have long fought for such a weighting. Rep. Kenny Bingham says the governor pushing for the change made the difference.

In all, the House budget package sent Wednesday to the Senate adds more than $180 million to K-12 education.

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