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Montana Single SFO found UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Why … only one SFO for donors to select from … just like (not so) Exceptional SC?

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We have been saying this for years … (not so) Exceptional SC has an UNCONSTITUTIONAL problem … and it is A BIG ONE and DONORS, especially corporate donors, know it!!! 

Why else do you think the “special interest” are trying to push through a 100% GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED Education Savings Account bill (ESA)? 

As soon as the SC program, which is technically MUCH WORSE / RISKIER than the one in Montana is found UNCONSTITUTIONAL as well … the SC Program will have to go back to INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS and the monied “special interest” and government bureaucrats lose all their control and $$$$.  #FollowTheMoney!!!

US SUPREME COURT PROTECTION:  As we have reported in the past, one of the greatest LEGAL protections we have for these programs is the US Supreme Court ruling in Arizona Christian School Tuition Org. v. Winn, 563 U.S. 125, 131 S. Ct. 1436 (2011).  That case basically says that if you have MULTIPLE INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS … then they CAN NOT BE SUED over these unconstitutional claims.  This case protects ALL the K-12 Tax Credit Scholarship programs and has been used to defeat legal challenges all over the country.  It is GREAT and it is one reason why K-12 Tax Credit Programs are the GRANDDADDY of school choice!!!

But this US Supreme Court protection is WORTHLESS to us when you have #1 only one SFO (like in Montana) and #2 the Government runs the one SFO (like in South Carolina).  Here is what the Montana Supreme Court said:

(For the Courts full opinion, click HERE.) Espinoza v. Mont. Dep’t of Revenue, 2018 MT 306 (Mont., 2018)

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE CAUSE THIS:  And yes, just like here in SC, guess who caused this problem in Montana … their DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE.  We have been telling everyone for years, and senior legislators have confirmed this to us, that the SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE is “POLITICALLY” opposed to school choice generally and this program specifically.  Montana is just another example.

IT IS CLEAR … legally & administratively … (no so) Exceptional SC is a failure:  

Friends & School Officials, this is only going to get MUCH WORSE.  S 131 / H 3202 will END all this mess!!!  Focus on students .. not “special interest”.

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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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