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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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“A QUALITY EDUCATION IS THE CLOSEST THING TO MAGIC IN AMERICA” – Sen. Tim Scott

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Although the “paid” advocates government run school choice solutions here in South Carolina have been dealt a DEATH BLOW … the topic of “school choice” is alive and well … and we think 2021 will be the YEAR OF SCHOOL CHOICE!!!

IT IS ABOUT TIME …

Our very own Senator Tim Scott on August 25th, 2020 stated as part of his school choice fight that “a quality education is the closest thing to magic in America.” 

He is right …. and we love it!!!

👉 https://www.facebook.com/palmettokidsFIRST/posts/1493456947529902

The hot topic even came up this week in the Amy Coney Barrett U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings. 

Senator Ted Cruz (R – Texas) on October 14, 2020 stated as part of his school choice fight that he believes “School Choice is the CIVIL RIGHTS issue of the next century.”

That is pretty powerful!!!

https://www.facebook.com/palmettokidsFIRST/posts/1493465700862360

And in really big news … love him or hate him … President Trump promised SCHOOL CHOICE for EVERY child in America on October 13th!!!

That is huge … and huge for kids!!!


 

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SAFE Grants Ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL – 5 to 0!!!

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We know some parents have been holding out hope that the “paid” advocates SAFE Grants (or better said #SafeGrantsNotSafe) might pull through with some aid … but in a UNANIMOUS 5 to 0 ruling …the SC Supreme Court found them UNCONSTITUTIONAL … It was BRUTAL!!! 

Both the liberal left and conservative right members of the Court ALL AGREED that the SAFE Grant / ESA model was UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

15,000 parents … the Governor … and a host of legislators were DUPED again by JIM DEMINT, ELLEN WEAVER, “DR.” ORAN SMITH … all with the failing PALMETTO PROMISE INSTITUTE.  Will legislators learn?

(For article click image above or HERE.)

And what did we hear from school leaders about SCISA / Dr. Spencer Jordan “push” Safe Grants?.  He almost GAURANTEED these #SafeGrantsNotSafe would be coming through.

Will Dr. Spencer Jordan apologize to all the families and schools suffering because of yet AGAIN another failure to lead?  Will he / SCISA make up the DIFFERENCE in cash???

#FollowTheMoney!!!

And, don’t forget their “allies” in the Governor’s Office … and how we got here in the first place.  Just over a year in the “job” and what Melanie Barton from the SC Education Oversight Committee could not destroy while she was at EOC … she has done from within the Governor’s Office.

Will anybody PAY THE PRICE???

(For article click image above or HERE.)

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DOR Announces September 2020 Fundraising $58,600 raised for September

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The SC Department Of Revenue has responded to our monthly FOIA request with the fundraising update for the month of September.

Chad Connelly and Tom Persons may be gone … but the (not so) Exceptional Board still does nothing. $58,600 raised for September???

The bullies are gone … but only the sheep remain?  Geez, do something people!!!

Y’all know that we are personally on this 24/7.  Several court filings this past week … not to mention TWO new lawsuits this past month we still have not updated you on … but basically another week … same stuff.  Legislators still LYING to us all.  The (not so) Exceptional SC Board still remains silent.  DOR fundraising still sucks!!!  The “paid” advocates are still putting their interest before your kids. No changes.

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