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PRESS UPDATE: (not so) Exceptional SC Failing

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Finally … the mainstream press is catching on to the failures of (not so) Exceptional SC. The traditional press in SC has never been a friend of this program … they generally oppose any kind of “school choice” related measures … so it was no surprise they were ignoring the MASSIVE FAILURES of (not so) Exceptional SC & #FireChadConnelly!!!

We still do not think they are a friend to the program … but it has not gotten so bad they can’t ignore it anymore. CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN … AND EVERYBODY GETS THAT NOW!!!

Read full article 👉 https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article241034946.html

The article misses a few points that we emphasized with the reporter … namely that SC is the NATION’S ONLY government run K-12 tax credit scholarship program … and why it is failing is the unconstitutional issues with not having INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS (like every other state) … but the article is a step in the right direction in exposing this debacle.

FireChadConnelly of course still blames the IRS for their failures … and he claims other states are geared to “corporate donors” … but we have pointed out to the reporter that 90% of GEORGIA DONATIONS came from INDIVIDUAL DONORS … and only 10% from corporations.

More smoke & mirrors from #FireChadConnelly.

To prove the point … here are the 2019 results from Georgia’s largest independent non-profit:

For full report, click image above or HERE.

CLAIMS $2 MILLION RAISED IN 2020??? Well last week (3/4) Chad Connelly claimed in a sworn affidavit that they had raised $1.045 MILLION in donations (over the past 21 days) … this week it is $2 MILLION … at least that is what #FireChadConnelly told reporters.

Anybody believing that??? We don’t and we have asked the reporter to “fact check” that with the SC Department of Revenue.

If that was true … and sadly it would be good news if they had raised that much (even though Georgia raised $81.8 MILLION in just the first 7 days of 2020) … why would DOR not report that number???

Our bet is it is just potential pledges … not real donations … but we shall see.

In any case … if (not so) Exceptional SC has $2 MILLION in the bank … why have they not distributed scholarships this semester?

We hope they do have $2 MILLION in the bank and can start distributing scholarships … but we are not hopeful given the history of #FireChadConnelly … and him being called a “Compulsive Liar” …

Click image above or HERE for full article.

And we don’t have much faith in Board Chairman Tom Persons … who told us on early January 16th, 2020, that they were “close” when asked how they were doing in reaching the $12 million cap in 2019.

More to come … 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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