State educators to host free charter school workshop

The S.C. Department of Education will hold a free workshop on Jan. 15 for anyone interested in opening a charter school.

The workshop is funded with federal grant money intended to help increase the number of charter schools. The state can also use the money to provide "financial assistance for groups in planning, program design and implementation of successful programs," according to a news release.

Anyone may apply to launch a charter school. Existing public schools may be converted into charter schools if two-thirds of the faculty and instructional staff plus two-thirds of enrolled students' parents choose to apply.

Charter schools are considered public and operate within area school districts. However, they are independent and can be more flexible and innovative than traditional public schools, according to the education department.

The workshop will cover the application process and how to prepare a proposal.

The workshop is free, but lunch is not included.

Register by Jan. 12. Attendance is limited to 30. The education department asks that groups send no more than two representatives.


• What: Workshop for anyone interested in opening a charter school.

• When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15.

• Where: New Futures Lab at Heyward Career & Technology Center, 3560 Lynhaven Drive, Columbia.

• Registration: By Monday, Jan. 12.

• Details: E-mail Rebecca Cupstid at, or call 803-734-8266