COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina officials have agreed to allow a private college to supervise five charter schools.

The South Carolina Public Charter School District’s trustees agreed Thursday to requests by five charter schools to transfer their oversight to Erskine College’s Charter Institute in Due West, The State newspaper reported.

Charter schools receive funding from South Carolina but do not have to comply with the same rules as regular public schools.

The schools getting approval to transfer to Erskine’s control are Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mount Pleasant, Coastal Leadership Academy in Socastee, Royal Live Oaks Academy in Jasper County and Mevers School of Excellence in Goose Creek.

Some of the schools seeking Erskine’s oversight said they would have more opportunities for staff professional development and collaboration with the college than they have with the state district.

South Carolina has 39 schools in its Charter School District.

The state charter school district rejected similar requests from four other charters, including three virtual schools that are among the lowest performing in the state.

The charter schools who were rejected were the Midlands STEM Institute in Winnsboro, the Cyber Academy of South Carolina, the South Carolina Virtual Charter School and Odyssey Online Learning.

In addition to the five charter schools transferring from the state district, Erskine’s institute has accepted a charter school from Berkeley County and has 24 letters of intent from groups interested in creating new charter schools, said Cameron Runyan, executive director of Erskine’s Charter Institute.

Information from: The State,

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