COLUMBIA — The S.C. Department of Education has received 18 applications from groups wanting to open charter schools in the 2014-2015 school year, according to a news release.
Two of the schools would be sponsored by local school districts, while 16 would become part of the S.C. Public Charter School District, which includes charter schools across the state.
The state has about 55 charter schools, 17 in the state’s public charter school district.
Charter schools are meant to be innovative alternatives to traditional public schools.
“Now more than ever before, children need a personalized and customized education,” said State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais. “As time has taught me, when it comes to education, one size does not fit all. Public charter schools are laboratories of innovation that provide parents options for their children. The number of applications is proof-positive there is a thriving charter school movement in South Carolina and that parents want options.”
An advisory committee and the sponsoring school districts must approve the applications before the groups can move forward with plans for opening the charter schools.
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