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Palmetto Promise Institute – FAILED Legislative Analysis

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UPDATE: Although this post is dated May 2016 when PPI originally published their legislative analysis … we now know it was a complete failure.

May 2016 | In the heat of the last minute legislative takeover of South Carolina’s school choice program (by Republicans incidentally) … Palmetto Promise Institute (an self-proclaimed conservative think tank) came out with a “Legislative Analysis” supporting the takeover … going so far as to say under the governments administration the independent school choice program would be …

Bigger, Better, Faster.

Well, nothing could have been more flawed or wrong.

For PDF, click image above or HERE.

Since the SC Department of Revenue and the 5 person legislatively appointed board at (not so) Exceptional SC took over the program … it has been an indisputable administrative disaster … and Palmetto Promise Institute has removed their failed Legislative Analysis …

So, the question is, “why” would a self-proclaimed conservative and limited government / free-market think tank organization like Palmetto Promise Institute support what is now the NATION’S ONLY government run K-12 tax credit scholarship program? Two months later Palmetto Promise Institute was celebrating Dr. Milton Friedman’s birthday.

Palmetto Promise Institute celebrating
Dr. Milton Freedman’s birthday?

One moment they are touting the benefits of the GOVERNMENT running a K-12 private school choice program …. and two months later they are celebrating Dr. Milton Friedman? Well we all know what Dr. Friedman thinks about government and school choice …

“The only thing that worries me about school choice is government intervention.” Dr. Milton Friedman

Looks like Dr. Friedman was right … and Palmetto Promise Institute was wrong. The question is, why? Stay tuned …

#FollowTheMoney

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SC DOR Director Memo – BOARD VIOLATED LAW!!!

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We exposed these legal violations by the (not so) Exceptional SC Board in February 2020 … raised the ALARM that Chad Connelly was lining his pockets with scholarship funds intended for YOUR CHILDREN … and we now finally have the confirmation of what happened.

We sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the SC Department of Revenue and they provided us with this MEMO from Director Hartley Powell.

It clearly states the LAW …. and confirms that the (not so) Exceptional SC Board was violating the LAW.

Seven days latter … this “resignation” email was sent out by Board Chairman Tom Persons.

We will continue to track and PUSH this issue such that the “misappropriated” money is RETURNED … and the GUILTY PARTIES (which includes the entire BOARD of Exceptional SC) are held accountable. 

#ReturnTheMoney!!!

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H 3899 Bill Filed … a JOKE!!!

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Well, the legislators leading this fiasco showed their agenda AGAIN last week … and it is NOT ABOUT KIDS!!!

What did they do???

They “rewarded” the (not so) Exceptional SC Board with a QUADRUPLED INCREASE in their Administrative Fees …

And worse … they are removing the LEGISLATIVE APPOINTMENT language so the BOARD WILL BE PERMANENT … and legislators will be able to say “there is nothing we can do”?!?!?!

It is getting to a BREAKING POINT … they are getting DESPERATE … and this bill is perfect evidence of that desperation!!!

And if you think that is all bad … this is a FIRST IN THE NATION …

… they want the SC Department of Education to “donate” $12 MILLION to (not so) Exceptional SC. SAY WHAT???

Read it … it is right there in the title of the bill (picture up top) … or read the bill here

Insanity!!!  Another square peg in a round hole. ANYTHING except what every other state does …

#FollowTheMoney!!!

“Who” is behind it?

Rep. Jason Elliott (R – Greenville)

Rep. Shannon Erickson (R – Beaufort)

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=0539772663

It is personal folks … and these legislators care more about their personal vendettas and their “monied” SPECIAL INTEREST supporters … than they do about YOUR KIDS!!!

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SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS UPDATE!!!

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Well, we are getting reports from parents and school officials that the checks that are going out are approximately 20% of tuition.

Why would (not so) Exceptional SC not tell parents how much specifically they were receiving … or even generally how much … we can only speculate … but we are hearing the amounts are approximately 20%.

The home stretch of the 2020-2021 school year is here … the promised funding is not … there is not even a plan in place on what to expect …. other than the pitiful 20% no communications whatsoever!!! Politics over children … AGAIN?

We offered a solution … to raise the full 2020 $12 million by 12/31 …. and next year’s $12 million in early January 2021.  That was $24 MILLION by 1/31/2021!!! Well … they knew better … NOT!

Yet YOU lost $7.5 MILLION in 2019 … $8 MILLION in 2020 … and with the current fundraising pace … YOU will lose even more in 2021.

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