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(not so) Exceptional SC REFUSES to Disclose Fundraising?

How bad is it???

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#1. (not so) Exceptional SC REFUSES to Disclose Fundraising?:  (not so) Exceptional SC leadership reportedly had a conference call with school leaders this week.  The question was apparently asked by school leaders …. “how much have you raised so far?”

After attempts to ignore the question failed … school leaders were told Exceptional SC did not want to disclose how much they had raised so far because they were talking to some big donors and did not want to “jinx it”.

Let that sink in …

How Bad Is It???

In 2015 Palmetto Kids FIRST and the other independent non-profits had raised 100% of the available funding in 22 DAYS … and 100% of the scholarships had been fully funded with 60 days.  EVERYONE knew how much they would receive in funding … ALL before school started.  IT WORKED … GREAT!!!

PKF and the other independent non-profits did not even get to start fundraising until July 1st.

(not so) Exceptional SC got to start this whole process on JANUARY 1ST, 2019.  We are now 216 days later … 31 weeks … and NOTHING has been done … no scholarships announced or funded.

That is what we get with a GOVERNMENT APPOINTED BOARD.

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June Fundraising – It’s Getting Worse!!!

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The SC Department Of Revenue has responded to a FOIA request with the fundraising update for the month of June. (not so) Exceptional SC & #FireChadConnelly raised only $64,626.82 in the month of June.

Friends … as we have been predicting and warning everyone … things ARE NOT looking good for the fall semester. The school is starting in about a month … and (not so) Exceptional SC raised $704,293.76 SINCE JANUARY, and as you can tell, things are getting WORSE!!! While our neighbors in GA with a similar income tax credit program raised $81.8 MILLION by January 7th – YES – in ONLY 7 DAYS!!!

How is (not so) Exceptional SC planning on funding the scholarships in the fall with almost non-existent fundraising? You deserve to know … you deserve the opportunity to plan ahead … you deserve answers!

Call / email and ask: administrator@exceptionalsc.org, 803-602-4398 (administrator), Chad Connelly – Exceptional SC Executive Director – 803-924-4596, chad@exceptionalSC.org, Tom Persons – Exceptional SC Board Chair – 803-261-0348, tepsr@att.net   tep@sctech.org

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2020-2021 Applications are OPEN!

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We now have until August 31st @ 5PM to get in your applications. Please help spread the word … and although NOT First Come / First Served, get your application in ASAP!!!


www.palmettokidsFIRST.org/apply

www.palmettokidsFIRST.org/apply

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Coming: Charleston Public Charter Dyslexia School!!!

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Exciting news for our Lowcountry Families!!! Gates School – Charleston’s first public charter school for students with dyslexia and related reading challenges is opening in August 2021!!!!

If you are interested, fill out a “new parent interest form” by clicking the link below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSed4FhHPVCoWtOKoN0-4khw8qlZWPT1s3beEYHObRqID-og1Q/viewform

Although this is a wonderful news and option for our families living around Charleston this is not going to be the solution to the lack of funding from (not so) Exceptional SC. Not every child with dyslexia from the area will be able to get into the school … and not that this one school will be the best fit for every family.

The purpose of this program is for the families and children to have OPTIONS to receive the education that best fits their needs … be that public, private, homeschooling or a free specialty charter school like Gates …  and #FireChadConnelly & #RemoveTomPersons‘ responsibility is to provide funding for the private school options. If they are not fulfilling that responsibility … what is their purpose???

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