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“Lame” House Amendment – FAILS!!! On Purpose???

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https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=340596693825818

Well, when it came out on Wednesday September 16th that Rep. Herbkersman was going to submit and Amendment to help “fix” (not so) Exceptional SC … and it was going to include INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS … we knew the “paid” OPPOSITION would come out strong.

They did just that … postponing the amendment until the last day … until it was too late!!!

Not the Democrat opposition … but the “conservative” Republican / ESA / Palmetto Promise Institute opposition.  You remember … the same people that proposed / supported the DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE taking over the program.  Because it would be “BIGGER.  BETTER.  FASTER.”

The same ones that keep blaming the FAILURES of (not so) Exceptional SC on the tax law changes or COVID-19.  The ones that HIRED (the now FIRED) Chad Connelly!!!

Oh … and the same people pushing the SAFE Grant debacle as well.  The ones willing to do ANYTHING except what is proven to work in EVERY OTHER STATE for 300,000 children each year and for the past 20+ years.  Experimenting with YOUR Children!!!

Well … that is EXACTLY what appears to have happened this week.

Watch the first minute & 1/2 of the video:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=340596693825818


PASSED 100 to 0

And, don’t forget … they LITERALLY WAITED UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF SESSION.  The last two hours before the Senate adjourned for the YEAR.  Watch what they DO … not what they SAY!!!

BUT, WAS THE AMENDMENT EVEN REAL?:  Look at what it included.  Some minor “half” tweaks that would help fundraising … A LITTLE …

But the MAIN CHANGE … bumping up the FEE for the (not so) Exceptional SC Board from 2% to 5%.

NOT for the Kids … but for THEMSELVES!!!

That is the only change the “opposition” was willing to really give.  #FollowTheMoney!!!

HOW DO WE KNOW IT WAS A SET-UP???:  Rep. Herbkersman asked my personal house rep, Jason Elliott (R – Greenville) on Wednesday September 16th to send me a copy of Rep. Herkhersman’s Amendment.

Jason REFUSED!!!!  Probably did not want us getting a copy of something with INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS INCLUDED.

Plus … look at the date of Jason Elliott’s “Amendment” … he had that one since September 16th as well … but Jason REFUSED to send us a copy of that one either.

Rep. Herbkersan told us HIS amendment would include INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS … but JASON ELLIOTT’S “Amendment” DID NOT.

Rep. Elliott did not want ALL YOU PARENTS CALLING him … our your legislators all weekend … INSISTING his amendment include INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS.  So, he HIDE IT.

We even had SC House Reps reach out to us after the 100 to 0 vote … EXCITED WE FINALLY FIXED IT!!!  They too were TOLD … by Rep. Jason Elliott … that the Amendment had “Independent Non-Profits” … but they were LIED TO AS WELL.  They were not happy to find out the truth.

Watch what they DO, not what they SAY.

We reached out via Text to Rep. Jason Elliott for comment.  No Comment!!!

What does it appear Rep. Jason Elliott DID???  He inserted himself in the process … and KILLED THE AMENDMENT!?!?!?  He knows that is how we feel, so if it was not true he would comment.

ESAs people … he LOVES the “paid” advocates / “monied” special interest Government Run ESAs!!!

#FollowTheMoney!!!

Jason Elliott has been wrong for 4 YEARS now … all 4 years he has been in office … and he is still putting $$$ above your children!!!

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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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