Charter School Board Governance Resources

SC Charter School Governing Board Orientation

South Carolina Charter Law requires that all charter school governing board members attend board orientation within a year of being elected. This basic training is provided for free by the S.C. Department of Education through the Office of School Transformation. This training meets the minimum requirements of the state mandates. You can familiarize yourself with the SC Charter Law here.

The Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina can provide additional and more in-depth board training to all public charter school board members as part of our mission. Please visit our Board Training page for more information.

Resources for Boards:  


FOIA Resources

Guide to Compliance with South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act

Highlighted amendments

Important Law Change to S11 - FOIA (June 2015)

S11 Legislation

On June 8, 2015, Governor Nikki Haley signed S11 which requires public bodies to have an agenda for all regularly scheduled and specially called meetings and lays out the procedure for amending an agenda after the meeting begins.

However, this new law (S11) now requires at least a two-thirds vote to amend an agenda. Under certain circumstances, requires a finding that amending the agenda is needed because of an emergency situation or an exigent circumstance. This is a significant change in the law concerning how your board members will conduct their meetings.