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SC School Choice Week – A DUD!!!

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Wow, we did not expect anything on fixing our program … but we figured the “paid” advocates would use the occasion of National School Choice Week to push out their “revised” special interest ClassWallet “Education Saving Accounts” bill … but nothing.  A total dud last week at the SC Legislature related to school choice or anything to do with helping our families.

What does that tell us?  Based on prior experience, that simply tells us the “paid” advocates don’t even have the language of their bill right … again.  We saw this two years ago when they had to roll out THREE different versions of their ESA bill … and even the third version was horribly drafted. 

As we saw this past summer with the $32 Million SAFE Grants which were ruled (5 to 0) as UNCONSTITUTIONAL … it truly is the blind leading the blind over there with the “paid” advocates … and they actually get PAID to do what they do.  Wow!!!

GOVERNOR MCMASTER VIDEO:  But this should make you feel better (yes, note sarcasm) …

Governor McMaster proclaimed January 24 – 30, 2021 as South Carolina School Choice Week … but it does not feel like it.  

South Carolina has gone from a “B+” rated special needs school choice program to an “F” rated program.  Over the past two years, only $8 million (of an available $24 million) in tax credits have been raised by the NATION’S ONLY government run K-12 Tax Credit Scholarship Program … (not so) Exceptional SC.

Our kids and schools have lost $16 MILLION.  

The FIX is EASY … but our legislators continue to refuse to address the issue, and that includes anything being done during SC School Choice Week 2021.

https://youtu.be/1vxEa6QxW-0

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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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$2,200 Raised in January – $70 MILLION in Georgia!!!

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South Carolina Tax Credit Fail

This is insane … this is ridiculous.

Georgia INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS as a comparison raised $70 MILLION in just the first 8 days of January. $70 MILLION vs. $2,200!!!

And remember, we gave legislators a PLAN for $24 MILLION to be raised by 1/21/2021 … at no cost to the SC Budget. 

It was simple … and FREE … until Rep. Jason Elliott (R – Greenville) KILLED IT!!!

Rep. Elliott is in the bag for Palmetto Promise Institute, Jim DeMint (his former employer) … and the MONIED SPECIAL INTEREST like ClassWallet!!!

Your kids are suffering …. and Rep. Jason Elliott is one of the biggest problems!!!

And worse … he is our personal House Rep. here in Greenville District 22.  It is not pretty!!!

#FollowTheMoney!!!

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