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PRESS UPDATE: (not so) Exceptional SC Failing



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 👉

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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H 3899 Bill Filed … a JOKE!!!



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 …


“Who” is behind it?

Rep. Jason Elliott (R – Greenville)

Rep. Shannon Erickson (R – Beaufort)

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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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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$2,200 Raised in January – $70 MILLION in Georgia!!!



South Carolina Tax Credit Fail

This is insane … this is ridiculous.

Georgia INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS as a comparison raised $70 MILLION in just the first 8 days of January. $70 MILLION vs. $2,200!!!

And remember, we gave legislators a PLAN for $24 MILLION to be raised by 1/21/2021 … at no cost to the SC Budget. 

It was simple … and FREE … until Rep. Jason Elliott (R – Greenville) KILLED IT!!!

Rep. Elliott is in the bag for Palmetto Promise Institute, Jim DeMint (his former employer) … and the MONIED SPECIAL INTEREST like ClassWallet!!!

Your kids are suffering …. and Rep. Jason Elliott is one of the biggest problems!!!

And worse … he is our personal House Rep. here in Greenville District 22.  It is not pretty!!!


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