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Where is the promised TRANSPARENCY?

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The South Carolina Department of Revenue and a 5 person legislatively appointed board started running South Carolina’s “special needs” scholarship program on JULY 1, 2016.  It was and still is the NATION’S ONLY government run K-12 tax credit scholarship program.  Since that time, even the DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED state of Illinois (think liberal Chicago) has implemented a $75 MILLION K-12 tax credit scholarship program … run by INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS.

Nobody … not even liberal states … think it is a good idea to do it the way SC does … and given the $2.9 million (out of $12 million) raised as of 9/30/2019 … and inability to administratively issue scholarships timely … it is no surprise no other state does it this way.

REMEMBER … the only viable bill option to FIX THIS MESS is S 131 / H 3202 as championed by Senator Tom Davis (R – Beaufort).  About 25% of the legislature has sponsored the bill and a lot of others have pledged their support … but that is not enough.

But, since July 1, 2016 when the state government started running the program … we have also harped on TRANSPARENCY.

Why?  Because they promised us all TRANSPARENCY!!!

On July 29, 2016, then Department of Revenue Director Rick Reames & (not so) Exceptional SC Board Chairman Tom Persons wrote an op ed in the Charleston Post & Courier promising transparency!

(For article, Click HERE)

Also on Tuesday October 2nd, 2017, (not so) Exceptional SC told parents they were “committed to transparency, integrity and continual improvement to the program …”

How has that worked out???  It seems worse now than ever.

Those are just two of the numerous examples and promises from (not so) Exceptional SC and the SC Department of Revenue related to TRANSPARENCY.  

Now see what they are really DOING today related to “transparency” …

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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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For Parents

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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