Online schools draw interest in South Carolina

Using the internet as a teaching tool is nothing new, but South Carolina public school students will have the option to be taught completely online starting this fall, the Sun News of Myrtle Beach, S.C., reports. The legislature approved applications for three online charter schools this year, two K-12 programs and one high school. So far, all three have had surges in applications. "We are seeing a lot of interest. Online education is not that old of a concept in the United States, but it’s exploding right now," said Jamie Osborne, an area organizer for InSight Schools, a national company that starts statewide online high schools and is affiliated with Phoenix University, an online college. InSight has received more than 1,700 applications for about 500 slots in its South Carolina school, Osborne said. The other two schools, Connections Academy and K12’s South Carolina Virtual Charter School, have enrollment limits of about 1,500 students in their pilot year, but both have also received more student applications than they can accept…

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