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Week 34 – NO SCHOLARSHIPS YET?!?!:  235 DAYS … why?  (not so) Exceptional SC claims they have the funds on hand … but are waiting on schools to confirm enrollment?  Really? Nobody is buying that spin.

This only took 22 days to raise ALL the funds under independent non-profits (like in every other state) … and even though independent non-profits could not start fundraising until July 1st … scholarships were distributed IN FULL … 100% … BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED.

This is what happens when a 5 person legislatively appointed board … and the SC Department of Revenue … take over. Not “Bigger, Better, Faster.” as the “paid advocates” over at Palmetto Promise Institute said it would be.

(Click HERE).

What was the point of “Permanent Law”???  (not so) Exceptional SC and other monied “special interest” wanting to exclusively control this program told us “permanent law” would fix all these problem.  If they could just start fundraising and administering scholarships starting JANUARY 1ST everything would be better. Well, they got it … and NOTHING is different this year.  

#EmptyPromises!!!  Sure, we wanted permanent law too … but that was a distant 3rd on our list and only AFTER #1 Full Funding & #2 Independent Non-Profits.  S 131 / H 3202 fixes all this mess!!!  #DontBePlayed!!!

WATCH THE RETRO VIDEO:  If you remember the old “Where’s the Beef” Wendy’s TV commercial … watch this video … click HERE or image below.   Seems oddly familiar to what is going on today with (not so) Exceptional SC … especially the SS BIG BUN!!!   Enjoy … 

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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. 


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H 3899 Bill Filed … a JOKE!!!



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 …


“Who” is behind it?

Rep. Jason Elliott (R – Greenville)

Rep. Shannon Erickson (R – Beaufort)

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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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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