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#FireChadConnelly … FIRED?!?!?

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Saturday before last we shared with you the actual JUNE 30, 2020 Exceptional SC bank statements.  The SC Department of Revenue provided them to us … and unfortunately these official documents exposed the real truth … only  $107,338.68 (less outstanding checks) in the bank … and only $8.91 in their brokerage account.

This past week we keep hearing the “chatter” from multiple unrelated sources … is all abuzz with TWO CLAIMS:

#FireChadConnelly (and his entire “team”) are GONE … 

 #RemoveTomPersons is OUT as Board Chairman and OFF the Board completely…

Finally … the straw that broke the camel’s back … And as people say … LinkedIN never lies.  Chad Connelly was super quick at updating his business profile online.  It is pretty easy to tell where his priorities have always been with his LinkedIN:

No formal announcement … as of yet … although FITSNews broke the story on Saturday:

https://www.fitsnews.com/2020/08/01/south-carolinas-government-run-school-choice-program-is-in-trouble/ 

Obviously this is HUGE NEWS … and there has been no “formal” announcement from Exceptional SC … but we do not think this is an episode of “Punked” … the sources are too numerous and too broad and too unrelated to each other … and as we said this is LONG OVERDUE … so not unexpected at all.

WHY are Connelly & Persons GONE … as if we have to tell you, right?  Most of you know.  Look above … only $40 / incumbent is in the bank today, and we have schools starting next week.  10% scholarships last semester … so families expecting $5,000 only received $500 … and all new families received ZERO.  Tons of problems … big and small … including multiple data breaches … and worst of all … these two people (Connelly & Persons) actively opposed changes and fixes that would have FULLY FUNDED all of our kids … but in doing so would have cut-off their “personal” money flow and control over the program.  All because they did not want this program to be run by independent non-profits … just like EVERY OTHER STATE IN THE NATION for 300,000 students annually.

Connelly & Persons picked themselves over the children … and that was nothing less than unforgivable.  #FollowTheMoney!!!

And then there is the 2% Administrative Fee Cap … and allegations of EMBEZZLEMENT.  That all came out January 25th, 2020 … based on CPA & DOR financial reports.  It is ongoing and not going to be pretty when it all comes out (hopefully sooner rather than later with these new developments) … but if anything … this overspending may be the straw that broke the camel’s back … at least with the SC Department of Revenue. 

Nobody seemed to care (other than a few of our legislator friends … not even the mainstream press) when kids did not get funding … and schools were closing over this mess … but when “important” people might have serious legal liability … and perhaps criminal charges … that fear perhaps is what spurred someone to ACT … finally!!! 

The ongoing question?  So, was all this apparently illegal activity limited to just Chad Connelly and Tom Persons … who seemed to be driving the ship into the ground and refusing all requests for transparency … and were aided by their CPA Firm (who is now not “independent” … which is a huge red flag) & their lawyer(s) …. and backed up by the SC Department of Revenue (who actively opposes this program for political reasons) … or is it a broader problem?

More to come on all of this … we are sure.

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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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