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South Carolina ESA Bill Falling Apart

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We reported on the entire Education Savings Account debacle in Nevada a few years ago (you can read all about it HERE) … pushed by the same people opposing us here in South Carolina … and how that Nevada debacle harmed so many kids in that state.

Well, that same ESA lobby was able to pass an ESA law in Tennessee in the spring of 2019 … and it is TOTALLY BLOWING UP NOW … just like in NEVADA!!! And yes, it is the same people pushing ESAs here in SC today. #FollowTheMoney!!!

It all started shortly after the ESA bill was passed in Tennessee … starting with the FBI investigating the matter.

For the article click HERE or the picture above

Then came the financial improprieties of a $2.53 MILLION contract for a technology company (#FollowTheMoney) called ClassWallet. YES, $2.53 MILLION before one child gets a single dime!!!

For the article click HERE or the picture above

For the article click HERE or the picture above

For the article click HERE or the picture above

Now come the LAWSUITS to shut down the ESA program before it even starts.

For the article click HERE or the picture above

There are even bi-partisan bills that have been filed in Tennessee to shut down the ESA program … it is an entire fiasco … and the same people are here in South Carolina opposing our work and pushing for these ESAs here. #JustSayNO!!!!

The word is getting around at the SC State House about what a DEBACLE the Education Savings Accounts really are. Legislators are hearing (as we expose the mess in Tennessee & Nevada) … and they are figuring out that the “Paid” Advocates are pushing an inferior … and defective … solution just to line their pockets.

The S 556 ESA sub-committee meeting scheduled for last Thursday was CANCELLED … AGAIN.

Just imagine if all these “paid” advocates were actually trying to help fix (not so) Exceptional SC …. how many KIDS would be getting scholarships today!!! BUT, as we have figured out … it is all about the MONEY to them … and there is NO MONEY for them fixing Exceptional SC … so no help.

The sad part is … some of these “paid” advocates are our friends.  We get that they individually need their jobs … have bills to pay … but when you work for an organization that is only about the money … pushing a self interested monied agenda … not something we could do personally.

SO NOW … let’s tie it all back into the past few weeks here in South Carolina …. and legislators pushing for the technology company ClassWallet:

All starting to make sense? #FollowTheMoney!!!

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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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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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