By Maayan Schechter 

South Carolina’s K-12 school students are taking too many tests that soak up too many vital hours, depriving them of instruction that could help them succeed in the next grade, state senators heard Wednesday.

Meanwhile, teachers don’t have enough time to plan instruction, the legislators were told.

And don’t forget about low teacher pay, the educators repeated Wednesday.

“Teacher time and teacher pay continue to be the No. 1 concerns,” said 22-year educator Aimee Fulmer, principal at Bowen’s Corner Elementary School in Hanahan.

Fulmer was one of four S.C. educators who testified Wednesday before a Senate Finance Committee panel about classroom barriers that hinder learning.

“We frequently hear from our educators that it is difficult for teachers to focus on the classroom because they have so many other things they have to deal with,” said state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, who chaired the hearing. “We wanted to hear from the people who are there, in the classrooms, making it all happen.”

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