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Legislature overrides Haley's veto of First Steps

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The South Carolina agency tasked with boosting children's chances for success will continue with recommended reforms after the Legislature overrode Gov. Nikki Haley's veto.

The law reauthorizing First Steps for School Readiness through 2016 better defines its mission and requires children to be tested before entering school to identify their needs and track their progress. That part aligns with a provision also in the "Read to Succeed" law that Haley celebrated in signing.

In vetoing the First Steps bill, Haley said the agency hasn't proven it's effective, and the bill's reforms don't go far enough. Her veto message sought a larger study of all the state's pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Legislators say the measure already requires such a study.

The House unanimously overrode her veto. The Senate followed Thursday 38-2.

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