Bill could allow teens to take more online classes – Sumter Item

Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 4:17 pm

Updated: 4:04 am, Wed Jun 5, 2013.

Bill could allow teens to take more online classes

Associated Press |

The Senate has tentatively approved legislation allowing teen-agers to take more courses through South Carolina’s virtual education program.

The 44-0 vote on Tuesday makes it possible for the measure to become law this year. The bill requires another vote in the Senate. The regular session ends Thursday.

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The bill removes the limits in state law of three online credit hours per year and 12 toward a high school diploma. Students would continue to be barred from earning a diploma through the free program that’s available to public, private and home-schooled students, depending on enrollment availability.

Seventh- through-12th graders can use the program to recover credits after failing a course and to take specialized courses not offered in their schools.

The House passed the bill 80-0 in April.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 4:17 pm.

Updated: 4:04 am.