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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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No Fall Scholarships – (not so) Exceptional SC “speaks”

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No surprise … but last week (not so) Exceptional SC confirmed NO FALL SCHOLARSHIPS!!!

Their ONE JOB is to issue scholarships … and THEY FAILED AGAIN!!!

We (and y’all) knew this because we have been tracking their bank balances … but they finally admitted it this week.  See their full email update below.

And yes, this is their FIRST email / parents update since May 27th … nearly 4 months.  Why are parents and school officials being kept in the dark??? 

#FireExceptionalSC!!!

Sorry folks, as predicted, nothing is changing!

INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS … just like in every other state in the nation … is the only thing that will fix this debacle.

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SLED UPDATE – Chad Connelly Embezzlement Matter

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Back in March, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office issued a FORMAL referral to SLED (State Law Enforcement Division) to investigate the Chad Connelly “Embezzlement Matter”.  

This is a known and disclosed fact … yet Chad Connelly has been running around South Carolina telling folks there is no SLED investigation.  Wow, this is sad. 

Well, last week we sent letters inquiring into the status of the investigation.  It has been four months, so maybe they had an update.

Well, we received a reply … and apparently the investigation is still ongoing. 

This is going to be BIG friends.  We don’t think this one can be swept under the rug.  We are told that South Carolina law enforcement knows they have to do something and they know people are watching.  South Carolina is known for it’s PUBLIC CORRUPTION

What has gone on with our school choice program is in our opinion PUBLIC CORRUPTION at its worst!!!

“SLED or any other agency”???OR ANY OTHER AGENCY???  Who else may be looking into Chad Connelly and this embezzlement matter???  Maybe just standard lawyer language … or was this a clue that other law enforcement agencies are looking into this matter.

This is a highly political matter.  Chad Connelly is friends with A LOT of political figures.  But even though some folks have tried to cover up for Chad … there are people trying to expose this matter for us, for you, and most importantly for your K-12 children.  

Stay tuned … and KEEP PUSHING!!!  Expose them all!!!

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Exceptional SC’s Secretary of State Financial Report Late

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Annually (not so) Exceptional SC is required to file a TAX RETURN as well as REGISTER with the SC Secretary of State.  The latest extended deadline for the 7/1/2019-6/30/2020 tax return is May 15th, 2021.  We have been trying to get a copy of the tax return, a PUBLIC DOCUMENT, to no avail … so the situation seems VERY curious.

So we checked this week with the SC Secretary of State’s Office.  Filing the TAX RETURN with the Secretary of State is the “Financial Report”.  That was due as well May 15th, 2021.  As of today, it has not been filed.

What does that mean?  Well, technically Exceptional SC is still registered for right now, the SC Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that “There is currently a violation for that delinquent report that is accruing a fine of $10/day.”

Just further evidence the Government Appointed Board Members at (not so) Exceptional SC have no idea what they are doing.

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