SC education board being briefed on online program

      COLUMBIA, S.C. - A new law allows seventh- through 12th-graders to take more courses through South Carolina's virtual education program.

      A State Board of Education subcommittee will be updated on the program Wednesday morning.

      Students are no longer limited to three online credit hours per year or a total of 12 toward a high school diploma.

      Gov. Nikki Haley signed the changes into law last month, following unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.

      State law continues to bar students from earning a diploma through the free program that's available to public, private and home-schooled students, depending on enrollment availability.

      The agency-run program differs from the fully virtual public charter schools that are part of the statewide charter school district.