COLUMBIA, S.C.  (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - Governor Nikki Haley is celebrating the inclusion of her education funding plan in the legislature's budget proposal for the new fiscal year that starts next month.

Her education recommendations sailed through the budget process, as both the House and Senate adopted them.

But the governor is also reminding lawmakers this is the first step of a muliti-year effort.

“Until we acknowledge the fact that we have poverty across this state...and that children born into poverty is not their fault...it's the reason we have to do even more and make sure that we help,” Haley says.

The budget legislators sent to the governor's desk Thursday would give more funding to students in poor, rural districts without taking money away from other school districts. 

It would spend more money on children whose primary language is not English.

And it would provide more funds for elementary school reading coaches and for technology upgrades.

Haley has through Wednesday to issue line-item vetoes.