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      Group rallies in support of teacher pay raises

      By Tessa Spencertspencer@abcnews4.com

      CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV)- Teachers in Charleston county have gone without a pay raise for at least two years and Monday night they will have the opportunity to state their case in front of school board members.

      Schools superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley is in favor of removing the salary freeze by reinstating step increases.{}Any decisions would first have to be supported in the budget.

      The state legislature voted two years in a row to give school districts throughout the state the right to opt out of step increases for their teachers. Charleston County was one of the districts that decided to go that route.

      Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee is exploring reinstating the pay increases for the 2012-2013 school year but has not addressed{}including two years back pay.

      Restore Teacher Salaries organizer, Patrick Haynes, will speak in support of Dr. McGinley's proposal to lift the salary freeze.

      The public portion of the school board meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Charleston County School District headquarters at 75 Calhoun St.

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