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Posted July 13, 2020

Virtual learning may be the solution to many challenges

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org PPI’s Senior Fellow Dr. Oran Smith wrote an opinion piece focusing on why South Carolina should invest in building a robust online learning catalog. This op-ed was first featured in The Lexington County Chronicle.   This month we reach the 35th anniversary… Read More
Posted July 10, 2020

SC Homeschool Accountability Groups report surge in homeschooling

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org As politicians and education leaders debate what education will look like in the fall, many South Carolina families who have not homeschooled in the past have taken the bold step of opting out of the public school system entirely, and choosing to… Read More
Posted July 10, 2020

Some Key Takeaways from SC Senate hearing on fall school re-opening

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org On Wednesday, a Senate Legislative Oversight Subcommittee met to discuss and hear from experts on reopening schools in the Fall. Of particular interest to Senators: how we can reach the over 10,000 South Carolina students that are unaccounted for since the start… Read More
Posted June 30, 2020

Highlights from Landmark SCOTUS case affirming school choice

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released its opinion in the matter of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, ruling in favor of Montana parents seeking to use scholarship funds for religious private schools. You can read PPI… Read More
Posted June 30, 2020

A Landmark Win for Education Freedom

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released its opinion in the matter of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Based on our tracking of this case over two years, Palmetto Promise felt confident of a straight up win on the merits,… Read More
Posted June 24, 2020

Independent schools scale first legal hurdle in athletics rules discrimination case

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org On Monday, June 22, a Richland County judge ruled in favor of independent schools across the state who sued the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) over new rules that would limit the athletic participation of public charter and private school students. Palmetto… Read More
Posted June 15, 2020

For a full COVID-19 recovery, South Carolina must maintain and expand education choices

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org Because of regular tracking by professional monitors of state spending, both in government and in the media, the impact of COVID-19 on public education budgets is coming into focus. It is now clear that even with federal support, states and school districts… Read More
Posted May 13, 2020

Letter: PPI Joins Groups Calling for COVID-19 Relief for Private Schools

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org Palmetto Promise signed onto a letter to Capitol Hill calling on lawmakers to give COVID relief to private schools. Some of the requests in the letter include:  “Temporary education tax credit.” Families paying private school tuition for the 2019 and 2020 tax years should… Read More
Posted May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Impact Survey: SC Independent Schools

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org Palmetto Promise Institute surveyed South Carolina’s independent schools to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them and how they have responded. You can view detailed survey results by clicking here. Here are a few of the survey’s findings: Participation Rate… Read More
Posted April 27, 2020

South Carolina Athletics League declares war on private and charter school kids

This article was first published on palmettopromise.org The NFL draft kicked off last week. The most dedicated of sports fans had that date circled for some time. Commissioner Roger Goodell, safely in his New York condo this year, announced each American professional football… Read More