South Carolina
South Carolina

September 7, 2007

House Bill 3097: An Act Establishing Virtual Charter Schools

Representatives Rice, Walker, G.R. Smith, Shoopman, Cobb-Hunter, Mahaffey and Cotty

This was a virtual school bill whereby the State Board of Education would be authorized to create these schools. Private school and homeschool students would be eligible for enrollment on a space-available basis. Also charter schools may create virtual programs as well. The bill does not indicate what funding local school districts would receive for students enrolled in these schools. This bill was a companion bill to Senate Bill 217.


12/13/2006(House) Prefiled
12/13/2006(House) Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
1/9/2007(House) Introduced and read first time HJ-57
1/9/2007(House) Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-57
2/6/2007(House) Committee report: Favorable with amendment
2/8/2007(House) Requests for debate: Reps. Duncan, Merrill, Hinson, R Brown, Hayes, Whitmire, Walker, Loftis, Thompson, JH Neal, and Parks
2/14/2007(House) Amended
2/21/2007(House) Amended
2/21/2007(House) Read second time
2/21/2007(House) Roll call Yeas-85 Nays-33
2/22/2007(House) Read third time and sent to Senate
2/27/2007(Senate) Introduced and read first time
2/27/2007(Senate) Referred to Committee on Education
3/1/2007(Senate) Senate Committee Report: Favorable as amended
3/13/2007(Senate) Second reading
3/14/2007(Senate) Amended and third reading in the Senate and returned to the House
3/20/2007Noncurrence in the House
3/21/2007(Senate) Senate insists on amendment: Senate conference committee appointed
3/28/2007(Senate) House conference committee appointed
5/1/2007House and Senate Conferences reports received and adopted
5/15/2007Signed by Governor, effective date 5/15/07 as Act No. 26

HSLDA’s Position:
HSLDA is monitoring this legislation.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

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