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SC School Choice Week – A DUD!!!



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.

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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. 


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H 3899 Bill Filed … a JOKE!!!



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 …


“Who” is behind it?

Rep. Jason Elliott (R – Greenville)

Rep. Shannon Erickson (R – Beaufort)

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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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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