A South Carolina high school student on Thursday asked the state's highest court to quickly clear the way for millions of federal stimulus dollars to flow to schools by ending Gov. Mark Sanford's ability to decline the money.


The lawsuit by Casey Edwards, 18, against the state echoes the views of educators who have predicted hundreds of teacher layoffs if officials don't use $700 million in federal cash earmarked by Congress mostly for schools.


If the governor can't be cut out of the process, it says, then state lawmakers should be able to spend the money anyway.


"We feel this is an important

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