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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Senate has tentatively approved legislation allowing teen-agers to take more courses through South Carolina’s virtual education program.

The 44-0 vote Tuesday allows for the measure to become law this year. The bill requires another vote in the Senate. The House passed it in April.

The bill removes state law’s limits of 3 online credit hours per year and 12 toward a high school diploma. Students would still be barred from earning a diploma through the free program that’s available to all seventh- through 12-graders, depending on availability.

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Students can use the program to recover credits after failing a course and to take specialized courses not offered in their schools.

There are 28 full-time teachers in the program. The state hired 10 teachers last school year to increase students’ access.

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