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Posted September 24, 2021

The Real Education Emergency

This article was first published on Two Wall Street Journal articles published in early September (September 4th and September 13th) documented the growing shortage of bus drivers, both across the country and in the state of Massachusetts specifically, where Governor Charlie Baker is enlisting the National Guard… Read More
Posted September 21, 2021

K-12 education sees a tsunami of cash: What about parents?

This article was first published on As Palmetto Promise has previously reported, South Carolina public schools are on the receiving end of an “unprecedented” $3.4 billion in one-time pandemic-related funds. This is on top of the estimated $10.7 billion K-12 public schools are already slated to receive… Read More
Posted September 20, 2021

Sen. Tim Scott Hosts Back to School Parent Town Hall

U.S. Senator Tim Scott recently addressed the top concerns in the minds of parents seeking to go back to face to face learning by hosting a Back To School Parent Town Hall on Facebook Live. Yvette DeMaria, a fellow South Carolinian and My SC Education “Education Choice Ambassador,”… Read More
Posted August 12, 2021

South Carolina’s rich history of education freedom and how we return to it

This article was first published on Today—August 12, 2021—is the 159th anniversary of the birth of Julius Rosenwald. Rosenwald, a businessman and philanthropist, was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1862. His is truly a life worth celebrating. In the early 20th century, Julius Rosenwald was inspired by Booker T. Washington’s… Read More
Posted July 19, 2021

More Money, Fewer Students

This article was first published on Palmetto State schools are seeing what South Carolina’s Department of Education has dubbed an “unprecedented” influx of money from the federal government. Between the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds in the CARES Act, CARES II, and American Rescue Plan, the SCDE and South Carolina’s 81 school districts will receive a whopping $3.3 billion in federal “emergency” COVID… Read More
Posted April 9, 2021

Enrollment Decreases, Revenue Increases In Traditional School Districts

This article was first published on This year, a bill to create Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) has been introduced by Speaker Jay Lucas and over 60 of his colleagues in the South Carolina House. ESAs allow state education funds to follow students of families who make up to 200% of… Read More
Posted March 26, 2021

Pandemic Parenting: SC Charter, Independent, Home School Options Surge; Public Numbers Down Dramatically

This article was first published on Over the last year, South Carolina’s traditional public school districts have lost nearly 30,000 students according to the most recent student counts released by the SC Department of Education. Where are those students going? Palmetto Promise collected and analyzed enrollment data across all… Read More
Posted February 26, 2021

Common Education Choice Myths Debunked

This article was first published on Download this report. With so much one-sided information and politically charged opinion on education out there it can be difficult for people, and most importantly parents, to see through the buzzwords… especially when it comes to school choice, a buzzword of its… Read More
Posted February 23, 2021

Education Scholarship Accounts: Everything You Need to Know About ESAS

This article was first published on Here’s everything you need to know about Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs). Get the facts and hear from parents across The Palmetto State on the need for education choice: Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) 101 Learn more about what ESAs are…and why… Read More
Posted January 26, 2021

Participating Schools – 2021 SC School Choice Week

Brashier Middle College Charter School Simpsonville, SC 2020/2021 School Profile (PDF) Carolina School for Inquiry Charter School Columbia, SC Charleston Classical School Charter School… Read More