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      SC superintendent to discuss charter schools on TV

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's public schools chief will discuss charter schools live on South Carolina Educational Television.

      Superintendent Mick Zais wants to increase the number of charter schools around the state. Nearly 45 operate now. Eleven of those are in the statewide charter school district. The House passed a bill last week intended to boost their numbers.

      The program titled "Public Charter Schools: Successes and Challenges" will air at 5 p.m. Sunday. The one-hour show is part of ETV's "In our Schools" series.

      Educators and community leaders will join Zais on the panel. Others will include the superintendent of the statewide charter district, charter school teachers, a charter school principal and a parent of two students in an online charter school.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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