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Posted August 20, 2020

South Carolina Supreme Court Set to Hear McMaster SAFE Grants Case

The South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of Adams, et al. v. McMaster, et al. in its original jurisdiction. Oral arguments on the SAFE Grants program have been set for September 18, 2020. Commenting on the Court’s decision, Ellen Weaver, the President and CEO of… Read More
Posted August 12, 2020

Traveling with SAFE Grants: How far could you go?

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org The reaction to Governor McMaster’s allocation of $32 million for SAFE Grants for low and moderate-income children to attend the private school of their choice has been met with shrieks from the public education lobby. As they tell it, the sky is… Read More
Posted August 7, 2020

Op-Ed: The Cares Act Creates an Opportunity For School Choice.. but South Carolina’s Public-Education Lobby Is Attempting to Block Need-Based scholarships

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org This op-ed originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Elizabeth Reilly was preparing for a hard conversation with her children. She couldn’t afford to keep them in the private school they had always attended. The Reillys had worked hard and relied on… Read More
Posted August 5, 2020

Parent Update #1

You may have heard in recent news reports that Governor McMaster’s team has been in court, fighting for you and your family. Opponents of Governor McMaster’s SAFE Grant program are attempting to run out the clock on the urgent education relief these grants would provide to thousands of South… Read More
Posted July 28, 2020

Release: Palmetto Promise Institute fights to restore SAFE Grants for South Carolina students

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 28, 2020) — Today, Palmetto Promise Institute asked an Orangeburg, S.C. judge to allow the governor’s new Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants program to move forward. If the judge sides with Palmetto Promise, thousands of students from… Read More
Posted July 23, 2020

Education Fact Check: COVID Relief Funding

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org View chart.  How does Governor McMaster’s $32 million SAFE Grants program compare to other education related COVID relief funding? GOVERNOR’S EMERGENCY EDUCATION RELIEF (GEER) FUND Total: $48.4 million From the CARES Act, flowed through the South Carolina Department of Administration SAFE… Read More
Posted July 20, 2020

Palmetto Promise Institute Hails New McMaster Safe Grants Education Program

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2020 Media Contact: Lawson Mansell Policy Content Manager 843-694-1540  Palmetto Promise Institute Hails New McMaster SAFE Grants Education Program Greenville, SC – In a news conference today at Hampton Park Christian School, Governor Henry McMaster… Read More
Posted July 20, 2020

SC private schools to get $32 million in tuition grants for families during COVID-19

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org PPI President and CEO Ellen Weaver was quoted in The State discussing Governor McMaster’s SAFE grants program. South Carolina’s private K-12 schools will get $32 million in federal COVID-19 aid, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Monday, nearly a week after he pushed… Read More
Posted July 20, 2020

Gov. McMaster announces SAFE Grants for low income families

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org PPI President and CEO Ellen Weaver is quoted in a ABC Columbia article on the SAFE grant program. GREENVILLE, S.C. (WOLO/WYFF) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster was in Greenville Monday to announce the creation of the Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE)… Read More
Posted July 20, 2020

Introducing: South Carolina SAFE Grants