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Huge Victory … ZERO Application Fee!!!

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After weeks and weeks of us calling out #FireChadConnelly & (not so) Exceptional SC’s  insane announcement about a $60 Application Fee … literally the worst idea ever … last week they sent out an email announcing that there will NOT be an application fee!!! 

YESSSS! This is a huge victory for our families! 

QUESTION IS … “Who” at Exceptional SC thought this $60 fee was a good idea in the first place?!?!?!

YOUR CALLS MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!!:  Let’s use this as an example that when we stand up for what is right … we win!!!

Yes, MANY of you contacted your legislators … and complained about the whole situation … including the application fee idea. Do you think #FireChadConnelly would have changed his mind if it was not for the pressure he got from YOU (and legislators)? We don’t think so!

Keep the pressure on … keep calling your legislators … keep sharing your stories and how this recent lack of funding has affected your family and your school.

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php

NOW: Application Window OPENS July 1 @ Noon!!!:  Yep … Nobody bought the claim that the online application window was delayed from May 1st, to July 1st because of COVID-19.  But, whatever … the good news is that the the Application Window OPENS Wednesday, July 1st @ NOON!!!

Everyone has a FULL TWO MONTHS to apply as the Application Window does not close until August 31st @ 5PM!!!  (However … the BAD NEWS … if applications don’t close until August 31st … when are they going to announce / fund scholarships???)

NO RUSH …NOT First Come / First Served!!!

We will be providing more information on Wednesday … but get ready to … APPLY, APPLY, APPLY!!!

WARNING:  Be cautious though  … and plan accordingly! Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst.  If you believe as we do that the past results are an indication of what we should be expecting in the future … the funding most likely will be extremely limited.

But … at least it doesn’t cost you anything to apply!!!

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Countdown to SEPTEMBER 15TH

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The days are quickly slipping away … and we don’t have a lot of time.  If the remaining four board members at Exceptional SC don’t get together with us … and start working together in the next week or so … we won’t get anything accomplished when the SC Legislature goes back to Columbia on SEPTEMBER 15th. 

It’s NOW … or the 2020-2021 program year is lost. Remember, as of June 30th, 2020, Exceptional SC did not have much in the bank … and we don’t think they have done much since…

How is this situation affecting your family? Have you made a decision about the upcoming school year … are you taking a risk of not getting scholarship and still keeping your child in the same school … or are you planning on alternative arrangements? 

Perhaps you are mobilized to make sure the legislators make the necessary changes? Unless legislators “fix” the program as we are requesting, we don’t know how Exceptional SC will be able to even give 10% scholarships in the FALL.

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A VISION for Fixing the Program

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A parent asked this week if we were “at all hopeful the scholarships may still come through for this school year?”

Well … IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT HAPPENS HERE SHORTLY.  It can be done … easily … “if” the remaining 4 board members work cooperatively in supporting this vision.

THE VISION TO FIX EXCEPTIONAL SC


If we can win adding back CONSTITUTIONAL”independent non-profits” when the legislature returns on September 15th, CPAs will be comfortable to recommend the program to their clients, people that actually care about the kids will be involved (not just “paid” fundraisers) … and we have no doubt that the collective “we” (ourselves and other groups who want to get involved) will raise the full 2020 available $12 million by 12/31 …. and next year’s available $12 million in early January 2021.

We have personally done it before … independent non-profits are doing it today all across the nation … EASY!!!

That is $24 million raised for scholarships in the next 6 months … by 1/31/2021 … which will turn this mess around FAST … REAL FAST!!!

The legislative language is already drafted and LOTS of legislators are behind it an ready to go.

Who is not behind it yet … who have we not heard from yet … the Exceptional SC Board.

If they do nothing September 15th when the legislature comes back into session … or more of the same … we will be lucky if Exceptional SC raises a few million dollars over the next 6 to 12 months.  That is their track record … so why keep doing the same?

HOW CAN YOU HELP?:  

PLEASE – Contact EXCEPTIONAL SC BOARD:  

Ask them if they will support INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITSAsk them if they will meet to discuss a solution.  It is not hard … but the time for them to speak-up is NOW!!! 

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

Michael Acquilano, Director, South Carolina Catholic Conference. MAcquilano@catholic-doc.org 843-261-0535 (office) 843-709-2717 (cell)

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

Dr. Spencer Jordan, Executive Director, SCISA.    administration@scisa.org  &  sjordan@scisa.org   803-535-4820 (office)

And we DON’T have a lot of time:   If the remaining four board members at Exceptional SC don’t get together with us … and start working together in the next week or so … we won’t get anything accomplished when the SC Legislature goes back to Columbia on SEPTEMBER 15th. 

It’s NOW … or the 2020-2021 program year is lost.

CALL your Exceptional SC Board Member … TODAY!!!

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“The Landscape Is Changing” – An Opportunity To Fix Everything

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As we are still awaiting a formal announcement from “Exceptional SC” as to Chad Connelly & Tom Persons’ separating from Exceptional SC we need you to realize … this is not a VICTORY … it is an OPPORTUNITY!!! 

We are all relieved to have the two biggest opponents to fixing this program in Chad Connelly & Tom Persons OUTGONE … from Exceptional SC … but there is work to be done.

This is the biggest opportunity to fix everything … correct all the problems of the past … but as encouraging as these words might be from the Exceptional SC attorney Friday a week ago … “The landscape is changing” … those are just words from their attorney.  We need ACTION!!!

We have a HUGE PROBLEM … yes!!!  We have all felt that very personally and our children have suffered because of it.  Well now we have an OPPORTUNITY.  Will we have VICTORY?  The next week or so will tell us which direction we are heading.

We really hope we never have to use the name (not so) Exceptional SC ever again!!!  Will it be the last time? It all depends on what happens next … in the next week or so with the remaining FOUR Exceptional SC Board Members.  Will they take advantage of the OPPORTUNITY???

YES … believe it or not … this big mess can ALL be fixed, and fixed soon. There is no reason all $12 MILLION can not be raised before 12/31/2020 if we have independent non-profits involved. We have no doubt we can do it … and fund the scholarships quickly!!!

And NO … outsourcing it to “professional fundraisers” that don’t know how these programs work … will not work …

More on that soon – STAY TUNED…

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