Connect with us
Support Palmetto Kids FIRST

For Parents

More Conflicts of Interest?

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



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 …

For Parents




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. 


Continue Reading

For Parents

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!!!

Continue Reading

For Parents




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.

Continue Reading