SC voters want more school choice options

by John Steinberger | December 26, 2016 2:17 pm

A recent poll conducted by the non-profit group SouthCarolinaCAN determined that a large majority of South Carolina voters want parents to have more options about which schools their children may attend. The scientific poll of 600 registered voters throughout the state showed that 62% wanted parents to have more charter schools available to their children and 72% favored income tax credits to allow either low income or all households to send their children to private school.

In Charleston County, approximately 10% of all public school students attend a charter school. Charters schools receive public financing but operate with an independent board of directors. There are currently 13 charter schools operating in Charleston County and another five on-line charter schools available to all South Carolina students.

The application process for charter schools and magnet school (which operate under the administration of Charleston County School District) for the 2017-2018 school year runs from January 19 to February 19. Applications are available at[1]. A School Choice Fair will be held at West Ashley High School Saturday, January 21 from 2 to 6 pm to explain the application process.


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