COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Education Superintendent Mick Zais is celebrating the passage of a bill to strengthen and expand charter schools statewide.
Zais thanked legislators Wednesday for sending his top legislative priority to the governor. The Senate voted unanimously and the House voted 87-15 on Tuesday after working out differences in their chambers' versions of the measure.
The bill allows universities to sponsor charter schools, giving them more options to form. It also allows for boys-only and girls-only schools. It also requires traditional schools to give charter students access to extracurricular activities their schools don't offer.
South Carolina has 17,000 students in 47 charter schools. They are public schools overseen by a board of parents, teachers and community members, rather than a district board. They're subject to fewer regulations than traditional schools.
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