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Another DATA BREACH at (not so) Exceptional SC

They did it again … this time exposing and estimated 3,000 parent emails and children’s names.



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Well … IT HAS HAPPENED AGAIN … another data breach at (not so) Exceptional SC and the SC Department of Revenue exposing YOUR CHILD’S NAME.

PARENTS, check your email today, at 7:59AM from, entitled “The Art of the Backroom Deal”.  

What alerted parents to the DATA BREACH???  Look at the name … IT WAS THEIR CHILD’S NAME!!!!  Recall when (not so) Exceptional SC was sending out emails to parents … addressed to the CHILD applicant?   YES … the ties are DIRECTLY to (not so) Exceptional SC (and thus the SC Department of Revenue).

And the parents we have talked to are ANGRY!!!

So … CALL / email (not so) Exceptional SC and ask them to explain how YOUR EMAIL … and YOUR CHILD’S NAME … got in the possession of the people sending these “anonymous” hit pieces. 

ECENC Fund (aka Exceptional SC) Board:

  • General contact: 803-602-4398
  • Chad Connelly, Executive Director, Exceptional SC.  803-924-4596 (cell)  
  • Thomas Persons, ECENC FUND CHAIRMAN – President & CEO, South Carolina Technology Alliance 803-261-0348 (cell) 803-748-1323 (office)  
  • Betsy Fanning, Head of School, Trident Academy     843-884-7046 x11 (school)
  • Michael Acquilano, Director, South Carolina Catholic Conference 843-261-0535 (office) 843-709-2717 (cell)
  • Edward Earwood, Executive Director, South Carolina Association of Christian Schools.  803-798-7558 (office) 843-513-5010 (cell)
  • Dr. Spencer Jordan, Executive Director, SCISA  803-535-4820 (office)

This is frankly DUMBFOUNDING that these people think they are that untouchable … or they are this stupid!!!

AS to the content of the email … here is what it should really say … “Every child whose parent DID NOT DONATE got a FULL SCHOLARSHIP!!!” … because back in the day when Palmetto Kids FIRST and other independent non-profits were administering the program … EVERYONE GOT FULL SCHOLARSHIPS!!!!  And your child today would probably have a full year scholarship FULLY FUNDED for 2019-2020 if this cabal of “paid” advocates where not around.


Call your SC State Legislator and tell them about this latest debacle if you want change.

And it is not like this has not happened before.  Remember this investigative article on the matter …

(For full article, click HERE.)

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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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