The S.C. Department of Education received a $5.7 million federal grant to help create more high-quality charter schools in the state.
Charter schools are quasi-independent public schools that are free of many state regulations to encourage innovation. The grant money will help groups develop feasible charter schools, promote charter schools that would serve at-risk students in high poverty areas and geographic areas without charter schools, and create a leadership school to prepare new charter school principals and board members.
The grant is one of 12 handed out, with the others going to agencies in Arkansas, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Texas.
“Our charter school enrollment has increased 124 percent over the last two years,” said Jim Rex, state superintendent of education. “We’re serious about maintaining a program that focuses on quality services for children.”