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BRUTAL day at the Supreme Court – for the opposition!

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SAFE Grants Case Update (09/18/2020): You never know which way it will go with our SC Courts, but after watching 1 1/2 hours of oral arguments before the SC Supreme Court today … this was BRUTAL!!!

You can watch the full video on our Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/123595537849390/videos/1041298452967887

The “farce” which is Governor McMaster’s (#Duped by #PaidAdvocates) July 20th announcement of a $32 million allocation of CARES Act money (TO PALMETTO PROMISE TO “MANAGE” … lol) was IMMEDIATELY sued on CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES and a temporary injunction granted by the trial court.

Due to the urgency of the matter, our SC Supreme Court took it up directly … and the hearing was today. Again … it was BRUTAL (for our opposition)!!!!

One issue … the SC Constitutional prohibition of “public funds” being used for the “direct benefit of any religious or other private educations institution” went worse than we even expected. The Chief Justice made it clear that he did not agree with Governor McMaster’s attorney. WOW!!!

The other big issue was whether CARES Act money was even able to be used for private schools. The Governor’s attorney argued that the Governor had “discretion” … using that word probably 20 + times … to which one Justice responded:

I had my law clerks do a word search of the CARES Act, and the word “discretion” does not exist in the entire document.

See what we mean by … BRUTAL!!!

THAT WAS NOT ALL … apparently, not one, but THREE Federal Court Judges have RULED AGAINST the use of CARES Act dollars for privates schools. That was a hot topic at the SC Supreme Court and when the Justices dove into the specific sections … yes, the Justices were prepared … it seemed plainly obvious to spectators that the Governor does not have the authority under the CARES Act (regardless of the SC Constitution) to direct this funding to private schools. BRUTAL!!!

ONCE AGAIN … kids not getting help because of the PAID ADVOCATES pushing a GOVERNMENT RUN private school choice solution to benefit their monied special interest donors. #FollowTheMoney #RealSchoolChoice #SchoolChoice!!! #Corruption #SafeGrants not safe!!!

THE SOLUTION?: Easy!!! This would NEVER happen (per rulings in the US SUPREME COURT & 20+ years of proven history) with K-12 Tax Credit Scholarships run by INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS. The opposition does not like it, but it is the ONLY solution that works.

Another school choice debacle in SC … created by the “paid” advocates. Who would have guessed!?!?!

Hint … Governor McMaster …… STOP listening to the SPECIAL INTEREST!!!! Put our Palmetto Kids FIRST!!!

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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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