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Tom Persons is partner in political “Public Relations” firm … with registered LOBBYIST?

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We have exposed multiple conflicts of interest with the legislatively appointed board at (not so) Exceptional SC … but this one is a killer.

Check this out from the SC Secretary of State website:

(not so) Exceptional SC Board Chairman, Mr. Tom Persons, has long claimed this was all “volunteer” and about the kids … even going so far as to say not one dime was being spent on even a hot dog (which turns out to be a huge lie).

But did anyone know “what” Tom Persons does for a living? What funds that BIG OFFICE he has overlooking the SC State House? Why is he so involved with what goes on at the SC State House? Literally … he sits in his office all day watching the proceedings at the SC State House on ETV … but why???

Well … it turns out Tom Persons is BUSINESS PARTNERS with a REGISTERED LOBBYIST.

Granted, Chris Lindsay is a super nice guy … we like him a lot … but this explains why Tom Persons has turned so hard on on us … and is always protecting the government line on this program. Tom Persons, in our observations, has flat refused to advocate hard for our parents and kids. He actually claimed Chad Connelly is one of his be hires ever (or something to that effect).

It has perplexed us since July 2016 why Mr. Persons has refused to talk with us … and this seems to explain it … and it seems to explain why we see Mr. Lindsay at all the meetings and court hearings related to the program. We used to think these guys were there to help … get this program back on track like every other state … but perhaps they were only there to protect their own financial interest.

Well, apparently if Tom Persons speaks up against the powers at the SC State House … like we do … his “business” may be impacted.

As we always say … #FollowTheMoney

Anyone think this sound like a QUID PRO QUO?

Stay tuned …

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“A QUALITY EDUCATION IS THE CLOSEST THING TO MAGIC IN AMERICA” – Sen. Tim Scott

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Although the “paid” advocates government run school choice solutions here in South Carolina have been dealt a DEATH BLOW … the topic of “school choice” is alive and well … and we think 2021 will be the YEAR OF SCHOOL CHOICE!!!

IT IS ABOUT TIME …

Our very own Senator Tim Scott on August 25th, 2020 stated as part of his school choice fight that “a quality education is the closest thing to magic in America.” 

He is right …. and we love it!!!

👉 https://www.facebook.com/palmettokidsFIRST/posts/1493456947529902

The hot topic even came up this week in the Amy Coney Barrett U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings. 

Senator Ted Cruz (R – Texas) on October 14, 2020 stated as part of his school choice fight that he believes “School Choice is the CIVIL RIGHTS issue of the next century.”

That is pretty powerful!!!

https://www.facebook.com/palmettokidsFIRST/posts/1493465700862360

And in really big news … love him or hate him … President Trump promised SCHOOL CHOICE for EVERY child in America on October 13th!!!

That is huge … and huge for kids!!!


 

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SAFE Grants Ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL – 5 to 0!!!

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We know some parents have been holding out hope that the “paid” advocates SAFE Grants (or better said #SafeGrantsNotSafe) might pull through with some aid … but in a UNANIMOUS 5 to 0 ruling …the SC Supreme Court found them UNCONSTITUTIONAL … It was BRUTAL!!! 

Both the liberal left and conservative right members of the Court ALL AGREED that the SAFE Grant / ESA model was UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

15,000 parents … the Governor … and a host of legislators were DUPED again by JIM DEMINT, ELLEN WEAVER, “DR.” ORAN SMITH … all with the failing PALMETTO PROMISE INSTITUTE.  Will legislators learn?

(For article click image above or HERE.)

And what did we hear from school leaders about SCISA / Dr. Spencer Jordan “push” Safe Grants?.  He almost GAURANTEED these #SafeGrantsNotSafe would be coming through.

Will Dr. Spencer Jordan apologize to all the families and schools suffering because of yet AGAIN another failure to lead?  Will he / SCISA make up the DIFFERENCE in cash???

#FollowTheMoney!!!

And, don’t forget their “allies” in the Governor’s Office … and how we got here in the first place.  Just over a year in the “job” and what Melanie Barton from the SC Education Oversight Committee could not destroy while she was at EOC … she has done from within the Governor’s Office.

Will anybody PAY THE PRICE???

(For article click image above or HERE.)

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DOR Announces September 2020 Fundraising $58,600 raised for September

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The SC Department Of Revenue has responded to our monthly FOIA request with the fundraising update for the month of September.

Chad Connelly and Tom Persons may be gone … but the (not so) Exceptional Board still does nothing. $58,600 raised for September???

The bullies are gone … but only the sheep remain?  Geez, do something people!!!

Y’all know that we are personally on this 24/7.  Several court filings this past week … not to mention TWO new lawsuits this past month we still have not updated you on … but basically another week … same stuff.  Legislators still LYING to us all.  The (not so) Exceptional SC Board still remains silent.  DOR fundraising still sucks!!!  The “paid” advocates are still putting their interest before your kids. No changes.

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