Greenville, SC - GREENVILLE, SC (AP) - South Carolina is getting a federal grant of nearly $6 million to help develop about 40 new charter schools.
The Greenville News reported Monday the money will be used over two years to provide training and technical assistance for groups that want to start charter schools.
The money also can be used to promote the creation of charter schools in high-poverty areas and to create a leadership academy for charter school principals and board members.
More than 12,000 students are enrolled in charter schools in South Carolina. Charter schools are publicly funded but operate independently from local school board and are free from many state and local regulations.