Bill would force closure of failed charter schools

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina senators have advanced a bill making it easier to shut down a failing charter school.

The measure sent Wednesday to the Senate floor allows for automatic closure of a charter school that receives the worst rating on federal assessments for three consecutive years.

The superintendent of the statewide charter district says it helps hold schools accountable. Wayne Brazell asked legislators for changes that would avoid another situation like Mary L. Dinkins Charter School. The school that opened in Bishopville and moved to an unapproved building in Sumter continued to receive taxpayer money for a year as its leaders fought the revocation of its charter for academic and financial problems.

Charter schools are public schools that must meet all state and federal accountability laws but have greater flexibility.

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