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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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$31,999 Raised in October – WORST MONTH YET!!!

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OCTOBER FUNDRAISING  –  WORST YET  –  $31,999:  Friends … October was the worst fundraising month yet for the (not so) Exceptional SC Board.  Worse than even January 2020 … BEFORE they were even open / accepting donations.

October 2020 Fundraising: $31,999.00 = $1,032.23 / day

Below for your reference are the results from 2019.  It does not take a rocket scientist to conclude this is going to be a disaster … AGAIN. 

The (not so) Exceptional SC Board cost children $7.45 MILLION in 2019

… it now appears the (not so) Exceptional SC Board will cost children $10 MILLION +/- in 2020.

We call that … Board malpractice!!!

So why won’t they PUT THE KIDS FIRST?!?!?!?

So where is (not so) Exceptional SC:  Well … the (not so) Exceptional SC Board sent a few email blasts to parents and school officials back in September … after Chad Connelly was fired … pushing for the legislature to INCREASE THEIR FEES … clearly reflecting their priorities (#FollowTheMoney!!!),
… so we know the (not so) Exceptional SC Board knows “how” to send email updates.
So why then has the (not so) Exceptional SC Board gone silent …. again???

DON’T LET THE (NOT SO) EXCEPTIONAL SC BOARD OFF THE HOOK!!!  CALL THEM!!!

They asked for (or offered to do) the JOB.  So make them!!!

HOW CAN YOU HELP?:  

PLEASE – Contact the EXCEPTIONAL SC BOARD:  

  • Ask them if they will support INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS
  • Ask them if they will meet to discuss a solution. 
  • Tell them they are killing the program.
  • Let them know what this is doing to your family.
  • It is not hard … but the time for them to speak-up is YESTERDAY!!!  

Betsy Fanning
Head of School, Trident Academy
bfanning@tridentacademy.com
843-884-7046 x111 (school)

Michael Acquilano, JD
Charleston Diocese
  MAcquilano@catholic-doc.org 
843-261-0535 (office)
843-709-2717 (cell)

Edward Earwood
Executive Director
SC Association of Christian Schools
eearwood@christianeducation.org  
803-798-7558 (office)
843-513-5010 (cell)

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

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Senator Vince Sheheen – GONE!!!

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We have talked with A LOT of parents and friends in Senator Vincent Sheheen’s district (D – Camden) over the past few years … exposing his opposition to the K-12 tax credit program … and NOBODY was happy about what he has been doing to our kids … what he was doing to YOUR KIDS!!!

As you all know … Senator Sheheen lead the charge to KILL THIS PROGRAM!!!

Senator Sheheen is also the one who called Governor Nikki Halley a “whore” back in 2014 … but that is a different story about Senator Sheheen … just indicative of “who” he really is.

For video click image above or HERE

As for our program … as recently as September 23rd, 2020 … during the middle of a pandemic …  Senator Sheheen KILLED the SC House Amendment to help with a few minor tweaks.  Nothing big … just minor tweaks.  What arrogance!!!

For video click image above or HERE

Well … it cost him re-election … and now, one of the MOST POWERFUL legislators in the SC Senate is GONE!!! 

Will someone else step up to be “the voice” of the opposition to kill fixing this program?  Maybe … but we think they would be crazy to do so … so we shall have to wait and see.  We will however be ready!!!

THANK YOU PENRY GUSTAFSON … our “new” SC State Senator from Camden.  Penry is a good friend and we fully expect will be a HUGE supporter of this program and YOUR KIDS!!!

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Governor Asks SC Supreme Court to Reconsider

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Well, for now … they are going to keep trying to FORCE the “failed” Government Run Education Savings Account (ESA or GRESA) process.

Don’t let the article title fool you.  Yes, it is the US Attorney for the State of South Carolina that has filed the brief … but “who” is the US Attorney for SC?

Peter McCoy is our US Attorney.  

Peter is good guy for all we know … we have no problems with him … but he was most recently a member of the SC House of Representatives.

And for some reason … HE DID NOT sponsor H 3202 / S 131 (the tax credit scholarship bill) … we did not push hard … and we guess due to the LIES spread by the “paid” advocates …

… but he did sponsor the “paid” advocates ESA / GRESA bill (H 3681 / S 523 / S 556) that has been a total disaster …  

… and then Representative Peter McCoy WITHDREW HIS SPONSORSHIP when he realized what a political disaster this ESA / GRESA bill was.

For the full bill and history click HERE

All those representatives and more got off that ESA / GRESA bill right after they had two hearings on it in the HOUSE.  We were there … it was a total mess. 

So … don’t be fooled by the ongoing efforts to push through the ESA / GRESA … we don’t think it is going anywhere.

Perhaps we need to REMIND the Governor’s Office that we have a 100% LEGAL, bulletproof, and PROVEN solution …

K-12 TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS run by IDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS!

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