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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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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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