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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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Only $165,579 raised in September

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Friends, it is not really getting any better is it? 

Our personal SC State Representative, Jason Elliott (R – Greenville) … not someone we like anymore as he has lied to us for years now and is working with his PAID ADVOCATE “masters” at Palmetto Promise Institute (Jim DeMint, Ellen Weaver & “Dr.” Oran Smith) … promised that his bill H 3899 that became law on May 17th, 2021 would fix everything. 

IT HAS NOT!!! 

On September 14th, 2021, (not so) Exceptional SC announced that there would be NO FALL SCHOLARSHIPS.  Why?  Because they don’t have the money because Rep. Jason Elliott’s H 3899 was a LIE and a COMPLETE FAILURE!!!

#FollowTheMoney!!!!

We dug the top picture up from the archives … what Jason told us a while back.  The schools are satisfied???  #Really???  He doesn’t respond anymore … curious why?  Sad …

And this from last summer / fall.  Remember Jason & Palmetto Promise Institute‘s other bright idea.  A lawsuit was filed the day after their idea was announced … and the trial court IMMEDIATELY SHUT IT DOWN!!!

And a few months  later in October the SC SUPREME COURT ruled their MONIED SPECIAL INTEREST plan UNCONSITUTIONAL!!!

But guess what … in September 2021 … they have figured it out now???  Back pushing the same MONIED SPECIAL INTEREST PLAN!!!  Anybody buying this???

Shame on YOU Rep. Jason Elliott!!!

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No Fall Scholarships – (not so) Exceptional SC “speaks”

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No surprise … but last week (not so) Exceptional SC confirmed NO FALL SCHOLARSHIPS!!!

Their ONE JOB is to issue scholarships … and THEY FAILED AGAIN!!!

We (and y’all) knew this because we have been tracking their bank balances … but they finally admitted it this week.  See their full email update below.

And yes, this is their FIRST email / parents update since May 27th … nearly 4 months.  Why are parents and school officials being kept in the dark??? 

#FireExceptionalSC!!!

Sorry folks, as predicted, nothing is changing!

INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS … just like in every other state in the nation … is the only thing that will fix this debacle.

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SLED UPDATE – Chad Connelly Embezzlement Matter

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Back in March, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office issued a FORMAL referral to SLED (State Law Enforcement Division) to investigate the Chad Connelly “Embezzlement Matter”.  

This is a known and disclosed fact … yet Chad Connelly has been running around South Carolina telling folks there is no SLED investigation.  Wow, this is sad. 

Well, last week we sent letters inquiring into the status of the investigation.  It has been four months, so maybe they had an update.

Well, we received a reply … and apparently the investigation is still ongoing. 

This is going to be BIG friends.  We don’t think this one can be swept under the rug.  We are told that South Carolina law enforcement knows they have to do something and they know people are watching.  South Carolina is known for it’s PUBLIC CORRUPTION

What has gone on with our school choice program is in our opinion PUBLIC CORRUPTION at its worst!!!

“SLED or any other agency”???OR ANY OTHER AGENCY???  Who else may be looking into Chad Connelly and this embezzlement matter???  Maybe just standard lawyer language … or was this a clue that other law enforcement agencies are looking into this matter.

This is a highly political matter.  Chad Connelly is friends with A LOT of political figures.  But even though some folks have tried to cover up for Chad … there are people trying to expose this matter for us, for you, and most importantly for your K-12 children.  

Stay tuned … and KEEP PUSHING!!!  Expose them all!!!

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