SC education information could cost thousands

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina senator has been told the information he requested from the state education department would cost nearly $500,000 to compile and copy.

The State newspaper reported that Sen. Phil Leventis, D-Sumter requested information on personnel policies, contracts and the activities of state Education Superintendent Mick Zais.

Leventis was told it would cost more than $498.000 to obtain and copy the information. State lawmakers don't have to pay for their requests.

But Leventis says the cost estimate hurts government transparency.

Education spokesman Jay Ragley says Leventis was essentially asking for every piece of paper in the Education Department.

Leventis says his request was not that big. But he did change his request to just get copies of Zais' schedule.

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