Charter School Parents and Students Rally at State House - DatelineCarolina

Charter School Parents Express Need For Money At State House

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Student Thomas Kish says he attends classes in a pod of portables. Student Thomas Kish says he attends classes in a pod of portables.

By: Destiny Chance

More than 24,000 students attend charter schools in South Carolina.

Charter schools operate under districts but have more freedom to set curricula. Students must still meet state standards.

Those schools receive some of their money from the state, but it is not enough to pay all operating costs. Parents of these 56 charter schools have to pay for additional costs for their child's education.

That funding short fall brought over a thousand parents, students, and school officials to a rally outside of the State House Wednesday morning. Some of them spoke out on why they are urging the legislature to provide them with more money.

"We currently attend classes in a pod of portables. We don't have a library, a music room, or an art room. We don't get the same funding as the traditional high schools in my district, even though we outperform those schools in our academics,"  said charter school student Thomas Kish.

Other speakers claim the charter schools have some of the academic scores among charter schools in the nation, but don't have the money to build regular school facilities.

Governor Nikki Haley recommended an increase in funding for charter schools.

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