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      Haley signs charter school bill in Greenville

      Gov. Nikki Haley

      GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's governor has signed a charter school bill that the state's education superintendent called his top legislative priority.

      Superintendent Mick Zais says the bill signed Monday by Gov. Nikki Haley at Greenville Technical Charter High School will increase education opportunities across the state.

      The new law allows boys-only and girls-only charter schools and requires traditional schools to open their doors for students who want to do extracurricular activities not offered by their charter school.

      Zais says it goes a long way to providing personalized and customized education for every student.

      South Carolina has 17,000 students in 47 charter schools. They are public schools overseen by a board of parents, teachers and community members, rather than a district board. They're subject to fewer regulations than traditional schools.

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