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(not so) Exceptional SC Board Approves 10% Checks

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At this point we do not know what or who to trust … The week before last we were told that 2nd semester scholarships were sent out to schools … last week we were told that just last Tuesday “the Board Of Directors Voted Unanimously to disburse 10% of the spring checks to each school…”, so which one is it? Were the checks sent out two weeks ago? Or approved last week?

Oh … and this … if you do some simple math, in order to cover all current scholarship recipients at ONLY 10% of each spring semester grant, you would still around $600,000 … So … how are they going to “dispense the money evenly across the schools” with less than $350,000 available??? Or were they able to raise additional $300,000 during the COVID-19 shutdown???

I personally reached out for comment to the head of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) … the organization representing the vast majority of schools in the program …. and also a board member for Exceptional SC. I asked “HOW” Exceptional SC was going to be able to FUND the 10% scholarships (approximately $550,000 +/-) if it does not appear they have CASH IN THE BANK??? I did say that I will be reporting to all our parents that I did not believe that there was enough funds for everyone to get already very limited check …   No response …

Dr. Jordan hired Chad … he represents most of the schools in the program … why no response?  This is not complicated.  Do you have the money … or are you “HOPING” to raise it in time???  Are we asking something unfair??? Here is Dr. Jordan’s contact info – I think you deserve to know!

Dr. Spencer Jordan
Executive Director
SC Association of Independent Schools
https://www.scisa.org/
803-535-4820 (office)
administration@scisa.org
sjordan@scisa.org

Be warned! Our guess is it will take a WHIIIILE to issue those 10% spring scholarship checks … although one thing (not so) Exceptional SC probably forgot about … once approved (on MARCH 24, 2020) … they HAVE TO within 30 DAYS issue the checks.  That’s the law!!! 

We will be watching … so stay tuned!!!

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SC DOR Director Memo – BOARD VIOLATED LAW!!!

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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. 

#ReturnTheMoney!!!

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H 3899 Bill Filed … a JOKE!!!

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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 …

#FollowTheMoney!!!

“Who” is behind it?

Rep. Jason Elliott (R – Greenville)

Rep. Shannon Erickson (R – Beaufort)

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=0539772663

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!!!

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SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS UPDATE!!!

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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.

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