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Posted May 10, 2021

Commentary: Education scholarship would give SC Parents Better Options

This article was first published on This article originally appeared in The Post & Courier.  Patrick Kelly of the Palmetto State Teachers’ Association contended in a recent op-ed that the education scholarship account program proposed in H.3976 would not be accountable, affordable or accessible. While I echo his calls… Read More
Posted May 1, 2021

Private schools in SC apply for small business loans as coronavirus threatens enrollment

This article was first published on Palmetto Promise polled private schools on how their operations—instructional, financial, and otherwise—have been affected by COVID-19. We released the results, paired with projections about the range of potential impacts of declining private school enrollment and possible school closures on public school budgets… Read More
Posted April 14, 2021

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Aims to Strike Amendment “Born in Bigotry” From SC Constitution

This article was first published on The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston along with thirty-three South Carolina independent K-12 schools announced the filing of a civil rights lawsuit today asking a federal court to strike down Article XI, Section 4 of the South Carolina Constitution of… Read More
Posted April 14, 2021

In-Powerment Series: ESAs coming to South Carolina

Hear from key lawmakers about their efforts to… 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 29, 2021

Report: Pandemic shows Parents’ shift from South Carolina Public Schools

This article was first published on Center Square’s Ted O’Neil writes on PPI’s recent report regarding school choice during the pandemic. (The Center Square) – Homeschooling, public charter schools and private schools in South Carolina have seen an influx of students this academic year as families deal with… 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 March 25, 2021

South Carolina Students Need Opportunity Now

This program could improve the lives of thousands of South Carolina children, but it won’t become a reality without your support. Read More
Posted March 17, 2021

Commentary: In God We Trust, All Others Bring Evidence

This article was first published on Proposals in the South Carolina Legislature to give families more opportunities to choose schools and educational settings for their children have come under fire, including in a recent newspaper column by College of Charleston professor Kendall Deas. Deas defends a public education system that… Read More
Posted March 10, 2021

This important conversation highlights effective education options for special needs students in South Carolina. We also discuss the challenges parents experience when trying to find appropriate education options and resources for their children who learn differently. Read More